Funky places to park funds

Collect That slab of concrete where you park your car is now one of the most valuable pieces of city real estate, rivalling office and apartment space for cost per square metre.

Master DIY investments

Marc and marco

Collect Let's assume you were lucky enough to have a bit of spare cash at the end of last year, so you decided to invest in the art market.

Vinyl revival more than spin

Lloyd Price, Cookin

Collect According to some reports, vinyl records are being sold in greater numbers than the CDs that were supposed to replace them 30 years ago (downloads, of course, are now more numerous than both...

2011's winning sales

Fed Williams Hillside 1 1965.

Collect While world economies crashed all around us, someone in Australia happily paid about $1.5 million for a penny.

Beatles fans can't let it be

Paul McCartney with a kangaroo

Collect Thursday, June 11, 1964, was B-Day, as the old Sun newspaper declared it. This was when the Beatles landed in Sydney to start their Australian concert tour.

Qantas bids grounded


Collect In the same week the Qantas chief executive officer, Alan Joyce, dramatically grounded his airline's flights, the catalogue for the Charles Leski sale of aviation memorabilia arrived by snail mail.

A very pretty penny

1953 Specimen Presentation Five Coin Set.

Collect The Melbourne Mint in William Street opened in 1872 to strike Australia's gold coins during the gold rush.

Treasure trove of talent


Collect One of the more fascinating auctions this year was the sale by Mossgreen of the private art collection of the late Dr Ann Lewis, which took place on November 7 at the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Old is new again


Collect Vintage clothing, especially of the women's variety, is one of the booming areas of the antiques industry, with shops springing up everywhere. Even teenagers are interested in vintage.

Driving prices higher

SMH MONEY. Collect F1 Autographs. For Weds September 28, 2011. 

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MAIN PIC. Mike Hawthorn sig.jpg

Collect The list of names begins with Giuseppe Farina and ends with Sebastian Vettel.

Retaining their sparkle


Collect There's a steady market for diamonds in uncertain times, especially big ones with good provenance.

At your disposal


Collect The joy of collecting is inevitably opposed by the trauma of eventually getting rid of the stuff.

Stamp of history


Collect Yes, it's an envelope, or cover, as philatelists prefer to call them. There is nothing inside. And it doesn't have a stamp.

Medium is the message

Rare ... a postcard from Roger Weik?s golf-themed collection shows the nine-hole course that was part of the Lapstone Hotel at Glenbrook in 1947. The resort has been taken over by the RAAF base

Collect The extraordinary postcard collection of Nick Vukovic was first featured in a 1983 edition of This Australia magazine.

A sound investment

Ginger Meggs.

Collect Former foreign exchange dealer Charles Phippen has been collecting sheet music for 29 years.

Badge to the bone


Collect Road services technicians appear when we most need them; you might even call them angels on asphalt.