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Liquid assets: the rise of wine pawning

 

How much will I get for the 1983 Mouton Cadet I found in my grandmother’s house? And can I sell two bottles of old ruby port that I found at the back of the garage? These are questions I am often asked. The answers are: nothing, and not unless you find a sucker on eBay.

 

But if you have fine wine that has been properly stored, then it has never been easier to turn it into cash. This used to mean putting in a discreet call to your wine merchant – now it either means getting online or getting on to the pawnbroker.

 

Yes – the pawnbroker, now moving into Château Cheval Blanc and Côte d’Or as more people in need of swift cash rootle through their cellar records and ask to secure loans against what you might call their liquid assets.

 

“We’ve seen quite a lot of it in the past three years or so,” says Rob Davies of the National Pawnbrokers Association. “Post-2008, there are a lot of people who are asset-rich but cash-poor. As the banks have made more stringent demands on lending they find they can’t get finance through the usual channels, so there’s an increasing demand to borrow against wine, and niche pawnbrokers have popped up to service it.”

 

One of those is Prestige Pawnbrokers, whose headquarters are in Weybridge, Surrey, and who have opened a new office in Richmond and Manchester.

 

“This area is growing – there are similar patterns as in loans offered against fine art,” says chief executive James Constantinou. “Our borrowers are savvy, passionate about the wines they’ve bought or collected … they’re often businessmen who did well pre-recession – well enough, anyway, to afford to buy good wine – and who are looking to raise capital in the short term.”

Read the full article on the Telegraph website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/wine/10273882/Liquid-assets-the-rise-of-wine-pawning.html

Claudia Valentin Handbag Specialist

Claudia Valentin Designer Handbag Specialist Claudia Valentin has always had a lifelong passion for handbags. As an Italian lady, you could even say it was in her blood.

 

Ever since she was a young girl, Claudia was enthralled with the high-fashion, luxurious accessories worn by her stylish Italian relatives. Claudia was gifted her first handbag at the tender age of 4, and still recalls fondly the smell and feel of the rich Italian leather – a formative experience that has no doubt influenced her appreciation for designer handbags.

 

A passion and enthusiasm soon developed in to a way of life, as Claudia became a luxury goods and handbag dealer during her time spent in Cannes, South of France. As a luxury handbag specialist and appraiser, she consulted her wealthy clients and helped them to acquire the world’s finest and rarest handbags to add to their collections.

Being a handbag specialist and aficionado, Claudia has also amassed quite the collection of her own! In a recent newspaper article, her fabulous personal collection of handbags and luggage was valued at almost £300,000! She is frequently interviewed for style and fashion columns, gracing the pages of magazine and press articles as a leading authority on designer handbags and luggage.

 

No stranger to the spotlight, Claudia has also starred alongside her Prestige Pawnbroker colleagues in Channel 4’s hit television series, Posh Pawn. The original British TV documentary about high-end pawnbroking, Claudia’s skills and expertise as a luxury handbag buyer featured her appraising designer handbags and other luxury items, with stories as unusual and unique as the colourful personalities presenting them!

 

As well as buying and loaning against luxury handbags and luggage, Claudia’s wealth of knowledge has also positioned her as one of the industry’s most prominent handbag dealers – recently selling an ultra-rare Hermès Birkin 25cm handbag for an undisclosed 5-figure sum to one of her regular clients, who wishes to remain anonymous. Claudia’s clients range from TV stars, high net worth individuals, famous musicians, wealthy aristocrats and even ladies simply hoping to get their hands on a beautiful pre-owned designer bag with exceptional savings. All have come to rely on Claudia’s contacts and extensive knowledge as the industry’s foremost luxury handbag dealer and buyer.

Claudia Valentin Designer Handbag Expert

 

Having valued and appraised thousands of highly-prized designer handbags during her glittering career, it goes without saying that Claudia has an eye for detail. Luxury handbag dealer Claudia can spot a counterfeit bag just at a glance, and knows all the fine, minute features to look for in genuine pieces. All the handbags on sale from the Prestige Pawnbrokers Online Store have been personally authenticated and appraised by Claudia and her expert team, so you can purchase pre-owned as well as brand new handbags with confidence – and at a fantastic price!

 

Click below to view the latest designer handbags on our online store:

 

Chanel Designer Handbags

Hermes Designer Handbags

Louis Vuitton Handbags

 

Follow Claudia on social media:

 

https://www.facebook.com/claudia.poshpawn/

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https://www.instagram.com/claudia.poshpawn/

 

If you would like to sell your designer handbags our experts headed by Claudia Valentin can appraise you items.

Rolling Stones Lost Letters

Posh Pawn Director James Constantinou acquires lost letters from Rolling Stones founder Brian Jones.  James Constantinou is delighted to receive the notes. He said: ‘They are amazing things to come across. This was a real find, they are a real insight into his life in the early days of The Rolling Stones.’

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4614552/Letters-reveal-mild-wildman-Brian-Jones.htm

NPA Award – “Employer of the Year”

James and Deborah receiving the NPA award for “Employer of the Year” at the 2016 annual conference and awards ceremony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Constantinou has joined the world of Social Media

James Constantinou has joined the world of Social Media! Follow for live videos, daily updates on his antics, Q&A sessions and more!

Follow him by clicking on these links:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/JamesPoshPawn
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/JamesPoshPawn
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/JamesPoshPawn

Gearing Up For Posh Pawn Episode 6

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Posh Pawn is well and truly into its latest season, with five ‘tell all’ episodes already under wraps. Already, we’ve seen a rollercoaster of high end action, with bespoke DJ vans, Dali masterpieces, rock royalty guitars, modified sports cars, speedboats and more.

 

The action is showing no signs of slowing down, with episode six packed full of stunning items, colourful characters and of course, big decisions. So what’s set to shake episode six? Read on for the scoop on what James and the team encounter…

 

Diamonds and deadlines

 

As the UK’s poshest pawnbroking entity, the Prestige Pawnbrokers team knows a thing or two about luxury jewellery. So when a sparkling sapphire and diamond rings waltzes through the doors, James and the crew are ready to pounce. Dazzling from all angles, the ring is worth a cool £100,000. With just two days to turn around a loan, James is under the hammer to get this deal done on time.

 

Handbags for days

 

When a former fashionista approaches Prestige Pawnbrokers with a collection of designer handbags, there’s no better woman for the job than self-confessed brand addict, Claudia. She knows here Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Chanel and mui mui like the back of her hand, and can’t get enough of the butter soft leather, gleaming clasps and silk linings. Needless to say, she can tell her fakes from her genuines at first glance! Will the collection fetch a fortune? Or will the fashionista leave disappointed with a collection that doesn’t quite cut the mustard?

 

Turning possessions into peace

 

As always, Posh Pawn never fails to introduce viewers to quirky characters. In episode 6, this comes in the form of a yoga devotee wanting to loan items from her past in order to invest in her future. Can the Prestige team step up and help her build a better life? While finding inner Om might not be about cash, this episode proves that it definitely helps!

 

A Posh Pawn episode wouldn’t be complete without a nod to some form of luxury vehicle. This episode, James is forced to make a snap decision on a classic Italian scooter that may or may not be worth a bomb. Will he take the risk and offer a loan on the gorgeous slice of Italian history? You’ll have to watch to find out!

 

Catch all this and more by tuning into Posh Paw episode 6 on Channel 4.

 

 

Posh Pawn Heats Up with Bicycles, Diamonds, DJ Vans and More

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Now one of Channel 4’s most popular documentaries, Posh Pawn is THE place to be on a Wednesday night. As always, the latest episode is packed full of high end pawn, as well as a few wild cards thrown in for good measure. So what’s set to hit screens this week? Read on for the scoop…

 

James takes a ride on two wheels

 

Posh Pawn fanatics will know that an episode just isn’t complete without a bit of on-road action. While it’s usually in the form of luxury sports cars or racing machines, this instalment sees James get behind the handlebars of a homemade electric bike. Will he find his groove and cruise along with the wind in his hair? You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

Rocks, paperwork, scissors

 

As a team of self-confessed diamond lovers, the Posh Pawn team lights up when a shiny new rock enters the building. Generally, the precious stones come complete with paperwork that proves authenticity. So when a diamond arrives with the wrong paperwork, headaches are definitely on the cards. Will the Posh Pawn team be able to pull through and put a price on the glittering ring?

 

Rockin’ on the road

 

This episode introduces viewers to another quirky set of wheels when a bespoke DJ van cruises into Posh Pawn HQ. The customised ride packs a serious sound punch, and doesn’t conform to the usual pricing system used to value cars. Of course, no challenge is too noisy for the Posh Pawn team, who have to get creative in order to put a price tag on the van.

 

A bishop pawns his prized art

 

It’s not every day that a bishop strolls through Posh Pawn’s doors. When this holy man decides it’s time to part ways with his beloved Salvador Dali sculpture in order to help his children’s charity in Kenya, the Posh Pawn team is ready to get pawning. Get a glimpse at work from one of the most illustrious modern artists of all time, and learn more about the wonderful work being done in Kenya. A not to be missed episode for all you art lovers out there!

 

Another action packed episode is on the cards, but the excitement isn’t over yet. There’s still plenty of Posh Pawn to come, and Channel 4 is the place to catch all the thrills, spills and sky high price tags.

 

Revealed! The Latest Episode of Posh Pawn Series 4

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When it comes to weeknight TV, nothing quite compares to the colourful characters, luxurious assets and oh so sexy line-up of ‘pawn stars’ that grace Channel 4 every Wednesday night at 8pm. Family friendly and full of high end cash loan action, Posh Pawn is the place to be on hump day. So what have James and the Prestige Pawnbrokers team got in store for the latest episode of series four?

 

James gets sky high with his deals

 

For starters, James encounters a deadly slice of history in the form of a Second World War Tiger Moth biplane. While Prestige Pawnbrokers generally encounters ultra-modern private jets and helicopters, this nostalgic set of wings is in a class all of its own. And with a price tag of £70,000, it definitely doesn’t come cheap.

 

Dazed by diamonds

 

While diamonds usually make the Posh Pawn team swoon, this episode reminds the gemstone experts that not all that glitters is gold. In fact, sometimes diamonds can be nothing but a headache. When Prestige Pawnbrokers acquires two different diamond rings, each bought for £22,000, there’s a little confusion surrounding whether or not they’re worth their weighty price tags.

 

Lords, ladies, luxury handbags and rock stars

 

Of course, a Posh Pawn episode wouldn’t be a Posh Pawn episode without a healthy dose of eccentricity. Who would’ve thought that a British Lord and Lady would be the proud owners of a signed by all five members of the greatest English rock band of all time? Anything touched by the ‘rock royalty’ that are the Rolling Stones is worth a pretty penny, and the Prestige Pawnbrokers team is on hand to determine just how much we’re talking. Will they be able to get some satisfaction out of the final price tag? You’ll have to watch to find out. Slightly under shadowed by the excitement of the guitar is a collection of luxury handbags, also owned by the well-heeled lord and his lovely lady. Will they fetch as much as the guitar? Considering the fact that the collection is brimming with coveted brands, the answer could be a yes.

 

Want more Posh Pawn?

 

This may only be the fourth instalment of episode four, but there’s still plenty more action to be had as Posh Pawn follows the day to day antics of the UK’s most prestigious pawnbroking business.

 

 

Get Ready for Mother’s Day With Pre-Loved Pawn

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Mother’s Day is less than a month away, which means it’s time to start thinking about how to tell your special lady that you love her to bits. Of course, chocolates, flowers and special dinners never go unappreciated, but if you really want to get extravagant splashing out on an item they can hold, use and admire is the way to go.

 

And our pre-loved collection of high end pawn items is the perfect way to do so! To help get you inspired we’ve put together a collection of our favourite Mum worthy pieces from across the eStore.

 

 

Dazzle her with silverware

 

Mum’s tend to be quite settled which means they love to swoon over keepsake items. Whether she’d like to display it in a glass cupboard or bring a little luxury to her daily tea routine, silverware is a wonderful way to treat your mum on Sunday March 6. Our milk server is a great budget savvy option for sons and daughters, while our antique teapot circa 1852-1861 is a lavish way to indulge in English Breakfast.

 

Treat her to a luxury handbag

 

While mums love to splash out on their kids and grandkids, they often forget to pamper themselves. That’s why Mother’s Day is a fantastic excuse to treat her to a designer handbag that will bring her a dash of luxury every day. We’ve got a huge range of pre-loved designer bags to suit every budget, from chic quilted Chanel numbers to flashy Gucci shoppers and vibrant Hermes Birkin classics, she’ll fall head over heels for whatever you wrap up.

 

Wrap up jewellery

 

There’s no better way to say ‘I love you mum’ than with a gorgeous piece of designer or antique jewellery she can cherish for years to come. Whether your mum prefers subtle and stylish or bold statement pieces, our range caters to every taste. Plus, as all our items are pre-loved you’ll be able to snag incredible deals on diamonds, gold, rare gemstones and more.

 

Impress her with art

 

Is your mum crazy about culture? Perhaps she’s a history buff? Or maybe she just loves to adorn her home with beautiful things? If so, our art collection is the perfect place to find a unique Mother’s Day gift. We’ve got Warhol, Yeshi, Maury and more.

 

Need help tracking down the perfect gift for your mum? Visit us in store or send us through an email and we’ll be all too happy to help you wrap up something special.

 

 

Pawnbroking, Painting and Powerful Profits.

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Thought pawnbroking was limited to second-hand electronics, shabby antiques and lacklustre heirlooms? Think again! At Prestige Pawnbrokers we’ve reimagined the art of pawnbroking as a high-end profession that provides a superlative service to well-heeled individuals who are momentarily strapped for cash. This means that on a daily basis, we are inundated with luxury items. Designer handbags? Check! Luxury automobiles? Check! Dazzling diamonds check! Masterpieces from some of the world’s most illustrious artists? Check, check and check!

 

Our approach to fine art

 

As well as being an aesthetic accessory, art is a timeless investment that’s exceptionally good at retaining its value. This makes it a popular choice with prosperous individuals in search of assets that don’t depreciate. In fact, art generally gets more valuable with age! This means that when affluent investors find themselves strapped for cash, pawning art is a great way to replenish funds. And for thrifty art buffs in search of deals, purchasing via high-end pawnbrokers is a great way to augment collections.

 

Fine art at Prestige Pawnbrokers HQ

 

Our team boasts experience in a myriad of different sectors, with fine art one of our main shared interests. So when this Andy Warhol original arrived on our doorsteps we couldn’t contain our excitement! Featuring the iconic Campbell’s ‘Vegetable Beef Soup’ label image, the framed artwork is sure to generate excitement from any fan of contemporary art. With a price tag of £1,850, this is a fantastic opportunity for art aficionados to snap up a signed Andy Warhol original for a serious deal. As well as being scrutinized by our in-house team of art experts, the work is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. This means the buyer can rest assured that they’re receiving a genuine signed original from the most iconic pop art master on the planet. Showcase it in your own home, or wrap it up for the perfect gift for the person who has everything.

 

 

As well as this signed Andy Warhol, the Prestige Pawnbrokers online store is brimming with other fine artworks from a myriad of international talent. Check out the site and start browsing today. Our art archives are currently graced with works from a legion of talent, with Barry Castle’s 1987 ‘A Voice and Little Else,’ Richard Maury’s ‘Bowl of Fruit,’ Jamphel Yeshi’s ‘Burning Man Tibetan Protestor’ and Frances Broomfield’s ‘King George VI at Wimbledon’ some of the standout showstoppers.

 

 
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