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RARE AND V ALUABLE Old Street London - EC1V 9BD +44 0 20 3773 3343 About Us Here at RAV we specialise in the creaon of rare fancy coloured diamond sculptures. Our inspiraon comes from having a genuine passion for rare beauful stones and an ability to create stunning designs by using them as a focal point. We employ only the best designers and our in-house team of experts pay meculous attenon to every detail of their craft. We tend to use bronze as a base metal in all of our sculptures as it is both beauful and a flexible material to work with. With the value of copper connuing to rise we see bronze as great investment opportunity as well as a key element of our sculptures.

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MEET MRS. DHILLON… Our company is a close-knit family run business featuring company CEO Mrs. Aman Dhillon - professional jewellery designer and sculpture specialist along with company founder Mr. Rav Dhillon - a trader with more than 5 years’ experience in the fancy coloured diamond trade. We pride ourselves on providing a personalised service for all of our clients ensuring their individual requirements are met with the utmost care and dedicaon.

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A BRIEF HISTORY INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF SCULPTURE Sculptures have been a much loved much decorated form of art for thousands of years. Since the dawn of civilisaon statues have been used to represent gods kings and even magical idols said to bestow great abilies on the hunters that carried them. People carved before they painted or even designed dwellings. The earliest drawings were probably carved on rock or incised in the earth. These drawings are as much forerunners of modern sculpture as they are of painngs. The earliest known sculptures have been dated back to the Stone Age and although we can’t put a specific date on them it is believed that they have been around since 200000 BC. The The earliest known examples are two primive stone effigies known as The V enus of Berekhat Ram and The V enus of T an-T an. The V enus of Berekhat Ram dated from c. 230000 BCE or earlier is a basalc figurine made during the Acheulian Period which was discovered on the Golan Heights. The V enus of T an-T an c.200000 BCE or earlier is a quartzite figurine from the same period. When we think of sculpture today our ideas are heavily based on early creaons by the Ancient Egypans or the beauful figurines created by the Mighty Greeks. Egypan sculpture and almost all Egypan art was based on the belief in a life after death. The body of the Egypan ruler or pharaoh was carefully preserved and goods were buried with him to provide for his needs forever. Egypan sculptors always presented ideas clearly. The pharaoh or noble is made larger than less important people. In relief sculpture every part of a figure is clearly shown. An eye looking straight forward is placed against the profile of a face the upper part of the body faces front and the legs are again in profile. The Egypans were also known to combine features from various creatures to symbolise ideas. For example the human head of the pharaoh Khafre is added to the crouching figure of a lion to form the Great Sphinx. This composion suggests the combinaon of human intelligence and animal strength. Greek Sculpture very different in style to that of the Egypans it was their belief that “man is the measure of all things” and nowhere is this more clearly shown than in Greek sculpture. The human figure was the principal subject of all Greek art. Beginning in the late 7th century B.C. sculptors in Greece constantly sought better ways to represent the human figure. The resulng sculptures not only shaped one of the greatest civilisaons known to man it was also the foundaons upon which classical Roman sculpture was based. Modern designs have evolved since then however you can sll see the influence of these early arsts in modern sculptures. Nowadays minimalist or abstract designs are the running trend. This probably dates back to the early tweneth century when Picasso was in his prime. Pablo Picasso was perhaps one of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century as well as being one of its most well-known painters. He saw a unique quality in primive art that others before him had not. In the simplicity of forms he saw that objects of nature are not necessarily solid masses but are made up of circles squares triangles and cubes. This led to a style called cubism which was developed by Picasso and Georges Braque. Picasso’s Head of a Woman 1909 is one of the first cubist sculptures. In it Picasso divided the surface of a head into many different planes. Along with Picasso and Brancusi Jacques Lipchitz 1891-1973 was one of the most influenal sculptors of the 20th century. His powerful bronze forms show his understanding of cubism and the simple strength of African art as well as all the other movements in 20th-century art.

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WHA T WE OFFER AT RARE AND VALUABLE Here at Rare and Valuable we are passionate about fine art. Our sculptures are carefully crafted and a great deal of me and attenon is spent making sure we get every detail right. From an investment point of view our sculptures work on two levels - you have the collector’s value of our unique hand crafted sculptures and the investment value of the coloured diamonds. The Knight Frank Luxury Index which tracks coloured diamonds along with several other luxury assets rose 10 in the 12 months through September and 63 in the last five years. Prices of coloured diamonds have also risen 142 in the past ten years although most of that is down to blue diamond’s rising by 154 and pink diamonds up a soaring 315. Below is a graph showing the rise in value of coloured diamonds over the last decade or so. The graph displays data for yellow pink and blue diamonds.
 This index displays changes in average historic wholesale prices per carat of fancy colour diamonds. Data points represent 1 3 five and ten cts in claries ranging from IF-SI1.

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The Index has been evaluated by the independent accounng firm Citrin Cooperman Company LLP for data integrity and algorithm consistency. Latest index price changes already represent current market prices. Changes in retail prices will lag wholesale price fluctuaons by 3-6 months. January 2005 prices per carat are indexed to 100. Art is a market that has also performed favourably over the last few decades. It is one the few tangible assets that can perform well even in an economic downturn and apart from a minor dip in 2010 has connued to perform well when compared with other asset classes. Below is a chart depicting the market rise of Art as an asset class over the last 40 years:

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HOW SCULPTURES HAVE PERFORMED AT AUCTION The company Artprice have recently published stascs showing that high value art pieces – those selling for between 20000 and 100000 - posted an overall annual return of 9.6 in the last year. 
 Whilst the market for sculptures is as fluctuant as ever we have seen world record prices for sculptures broken consistently over the last ten years or so. T o give you an idea and background into what types of sculptures are selling well we have compiled a list of the bestselling sculptures at Aucon and the prices

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 This 6 long artwork became the most expensive Brish sculpture ever sold aer being snapped up for £19.1million in 2012. Moore who died in 1986 aged 88 is only the third Brit aer painters Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud to have their work exceed £15million at aucon. Cast enrely in bronze the making of the piece was recorded in a pioneering documentary on Moore made by John Read for the BBC.

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9. TULIPS BY JEFF COONS - PART OF THE CELEBRA TION SERIES CREA TED BY KOONS IN 1994 Definitely the most striking sculpture to feature on our list Jeff Koons stainless steel T ulips used more than 3 tons of sculpted steel and stretches an incredible 5 meters in length It was created as part of his celebraon series which focused on putng an interesng spin on objects associated with birthday pares and represents mulcolour balloons. The Celebraon painngs and sculptures reflect Koonss connued engagement with the emblems of childhood and as the youngest Sculptor to make our list it is somehow fitng that his contribuon should reflect this.

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8. MADAME LR PORTRAIT DE MME LR BY CONST ANTIN BRÂNCUSI - CREA TED 1914 - 1917 Constann Brancusi is famous for his marble and stone based sculptures. Carved smoothed and polished to perfecon his creaons represent idealised forms of real life objects/people. Mme LR was one of the first wooden sculptures created by Brancusi. As the tle suggests the sculpture is supposed to represent the portrait of a female figure. Unlike much of his other work Mme LR is a much more organic looking sculpture and much rawer than previous works. Carved from a single block of wood it takes much of it’s inspiraon f rom African carvings. Branacusi claimed that this was done on purpose as the tones of his pieces were shaped by the materials he used – wood being a much more organic material. The first owner of the sculpture was painter Fernand Léger who it is believed acquired the piece in exchange for a table shortly after 1918 when the two men met. The sculpture remained in his possession unl his death in 1955 when it was passed to his widow Nadia. In 2009 the sculpture was sold by Chrise ’s in 2009 for 37.2 million.

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7. NU DE DOS 4 ETAT BACK IV BY HENRI MATISSE - CREA TED 1908 -1931 One of a series of four bronzes depicng images of women seen from behind Nu de Dos is one of the more famous works by French arst Henri Masse. Masse was better known as a painter but was later acknowledged for his ground- breaking work with sculpture. He was renowned for both his mastery of the expressive language of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship. Nu de Dos was originally on display in the Museum Of modern Art’s Sculpture Garden before later being showcased in the "Masse: Radical Invenon" exhibion. It is a grand and imposing piece standing at just over 6ft in height. In 2010 Nu de Dos was sold at by Chrise ’s Aucon house for an incredible 48.8m.

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6. GRAND TÊTE MINCE GRAND TÊTE DE DIEGO BY ALBERT GIACOMETTI - CERTAIN IN 1955 One of the most famous sculptors of all me “Giacome t “features not once but four mes on our list The first entry is his work entled “Grand tete mince” a surreal looking carving of a male’s head that is actually a representaon of the ars t’s younger brother Diego. A striking feature of the piece is that the head is noc eably thin and the mouth is open as if in mid speech. Of all his representaons of the human figure this sculpture is without queson Giacomet ’s most radical visually engaging and emoonally impacul piece of sculpture. The imposing figure parng his lips as if he is about to speak is said to embody the ancip aon of a moment yet to be realised. It became one of the most valuable sculptures ever sold when it was bought at aucon for just over 50 million dollars in 2010.

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5. GUENNOL LIONESS BY UNKNOWN ARTIST - CREA TED AROUND 3000-2800 B.C The Guennol Lioness is the oldest sculpture on our list and is believed to date back to 3000 BC. The sculpture is made en rely of limestone and is around 8 cm tall. It has been described by Sotheby’s as "one of the last known masterworks from the dawn of civilisaon remaining in private hands. ” and was discovered near Baghdad Iraq. The sculpture depicts the head of a lioness on a human body and is likely to represent a deity or symbol of power. Mesopotamians believed that you could exert power over the physical world by combining the superior physical attributes of different species and the Lioness is a popular symbol of power due to her incredibly coordinated hunng techniques. The Guennol Lioness had been on display at Brooklyn Museum of Art in New Y ork City before it was bought at aucon by a private collector in 2007. It sold for 57.2 million making it the most expensive sculpture ever sold at the me.

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4. BALLOON DOG ORANGE BY JEFF KOONS - CREA TED IN 1994 At number four on our list is another bright and colourful sculpture by Jeff Koons. Like his T ulips sculpture “Balloon dog” was also created as part of his celebraons series of sculptures. It was originally one of five differently coloured models that came in Blue Magenta Orange Red and Y ellow. The 10ft tall steel sculpture sold for 58m in 2013 making it the most expensive sculpture ever sold by a living arst.

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3. TÊTE BY AMEDEO MODIGLIANI - CREA TED BETWEEN 1910 - 1912 Tête is one of 27 known sculptures by Modigliani and depicts a head created in the likeness of an ancient totem or deity. This magnificent carving was created in Modiglianis open-air studio at the Cité Falguière in Montparnasse. At night the arst would illuminate these sculptures by candlelight to stunning effect. Tête is a limestone sculpture and stands at just over 2 feet tall. In 2010 an anonymous telephone bidder purchased the piece for €43.2 million at Chrises in Paris. The sale was a record at a French aucon and placed the sculpture amongst the most expensive ever sold. Prior to the aucon the piece had been in the collecon of Gaston Lévy an arst and acquaintance of Modigliani.

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2. L ’HOMME QUI MARCHE I BY ALBERTON GIACOMETTI - CREA TED IN 1961 The top two places on our list are both occupied by Giacomet. The first sculpture cast en rely in bronze depicts a lone man in mid-stride with his arms hanging at his side. The piece is described as "both a humble image of an ordinary man and a potent symbol of humanity" Giacomet is said to have viewed "the natural equilibrium of the stride" as a symbol of "mans own life force" and his sculpture is a powerful reflecon of this. It was created in 1961 after Giacomet was approached by the Chase Manhattan Plaza in New Y ork to create a series of sculptures they could place outside their building. He created several sculptures LHomme qui marche I being one of them but struggled with the project eventually abandoned the commission. Later that year however he decided to cast the statue in bronze and it was exhibited it at the Venice Biennale a year later. LHomme qui marche I sold for 104.3 in 2010 becoming the most expensive sculpture ever sold. It was a record it would hold up until 2015 when another one of Giacometti’s sculptures went one better .

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1. L ’HOMME AU DOIGT THE POINTING MAN BY ALBERT GIACOMETTI -CREA TED IN 1947 At number one on our list is lhomme qui marche a striking sculpture cast en rely in bronze. Giacomet made six casts of the work which stands five-feet seven-inches tall and one ars t’s proof. Four of the casts are in museum collecons–the Museum of Modern Art in New Y ork has one as does London’s T ate Gallery–and the rest belong to foundaons or private collecons. Standing whippet- thin at five feet ten inches this dynamic and powerful figure is widely recognised as one of the most important sculptural achievements of the Modern era. Most impressively it was created in the space of only one night according to Giacomet who was readying His first solo exhibion in nearly 15 years due to open at Pierre Masse ’s gallery in New Y ork. 
 L ’homme au doigt sold for 141.3 million last year 2015 in Chrises “Looking Forward to the Past sale” in New Y ork. The work had been in a private collecon for 45 years prior to this. Chrise ’s described the piece as a "rare masterpiece" and "Giacomet ’s most iconic and evocave sculpture”

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NOT ABLE Damien Hirst has claimed that his sculpture For the Love of God which consists of a planum cast of a human skull encrusted with 8601 flawless diamonds was sold for £50 million around US75 million in August 2007. The truth of this private sale which was to an unknown consorum has been called into queson however. David Lee editor of The Jackdaw commented: "Everyone in the art world knows Hirst hasnt sold the skull. It is clearly just an elaborate ruse to drum up publicity and rewrite the book value of all his other work." If the sale did take place For the Love of God would become the second most expensive sculpture ever sold and would have fetched the highest price for a sculpture by a living arst.

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