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Do Royal Doulton Figurines Make For A Good Investment?

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 02:00PM
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Whenever we buy any type of collectable item, no matter how much we like it and want to own it for this reason, for many people, there's always going to be a part of them that's considering the investment side of things.

Just by watching TV programmes such as The Antiques Roadshow, we know that collectable items can rise in value considerably the more time passes.  Of course, it does depend on the item in question, but many items you'd expect to be worth a high sum of money so often are (and some you don't also are!).

A lot of it comes down to the manufacturer of the item in question, as the more popular an item is, the more it's in demand and therefore the more money it's potentially going to be worth.  In this sense, it can therefore be a good move to invest in certain collectables.

But are Royal Doulton figurines a perfect example or should they simply be collected out of the love and adoration for them?

In most instances, the answer is actually yes, figurines produced from Royal Doulton can make for a great investment.  However, you do have to consider certain points to ensure you're buying them for all of the right reasons.

For example, if you buy a Royal Doulton figurine today, most people would say that if you came to sell it at any point in the future, you're going to at least make your money back.

Whether it cost you £10 or £1,000, it's highly unlikely to see it depreciate in value considerably over the coming years.

What's more, over time, it's likely to only increase in value.  Perhaps not substantially or in a way that means you could sell it and retire, but at least so you'll see a return on your initial investment.

And it's this point about 'over time' that you need to keep in mind when looking at Royal Doulton figurines as an investment opportunity, as although you will almost always see a return at some point, it could be many, many years down the line.

Therefore, buy a figurine for an investment on a short term basis and you might recoup your initial spend.  However, buy a figurine for an investment to be handed down to your children, for example and there's every chance it will sell for considerably more than you purchased it for.

Of course, this is only looking at the topic on a very broad basis and there are some figurines out there that are almost guaranteed to make for fantastic investments, but the simple fact is, we'd always recommend you buy a Royal Doulton figurine because you love it - if you do decide to sell it and you make a profit, then fantastic, but it won't be a disappointment if you don't.

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