The Canny Collector is the perfect read for every collector. It covers a vast range of topics from what really drives the market today, to how to spot the next big thing and how to display your collection. Crammed with practical and useful advice, the book is divided into thoughtful and easy to read chunks, a little like some of today's social media. You'll find opinions, hints and tricks of the trade drawn from the author's personal experience, which can't be found elsewhere. As well as chapters on Buying, Selling and Fakes, Copies & Reproductions, this beautifully produced book also features charming illustrations by Simon Watson and special features on key topics such as nostalgia, specialist terms, and historic and celebrity collectors. Whether you're a new or an experienced collector and whatever you love to collect, you ll find plenty that's fascinating and helpful in The Canny Collector.
Mark Hill is an antiques, collectables and 20th century design expert, BBC TV presenter, author and publisher. After working for Sothebys and Bonhams, he became a director of an antiques Internet site, forming and running its alliance with eBay. Since 2002, he has worked with Judith Miller on a range of bestselling books and price guides for DK and Millers. He is an expert on the BBC Antiques Roadshow, and has co-presented three primetime TV series for BBC2 Cracking Antiques, Antiques Uncovered and Collectaholics. He is a Freeman of the City of London and of the Company of Arts Scholars, and writes and lectures internationally. He lives in London with his partner.
Simon Watson is an artist and Mark's brother-in-law. Having studied Fine Art at Camberwell College of Art and BA Fine Art at Kingston University, he then worked in jobs as diverse as bookselling, computer games and sculpting for children's TV. He currently divides his time between his own work and teaching. His recent work has examined themes based on artifice, identity and the strange juxtaposition of science and the esoteric.