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THE ART

- Isabelle Fraser

OF THE DEAL

The pandemic hit the art market hard last year, according to estate agency Knight Frank, which measures the markets for alternativ­e assets. Its index, which measures art auctions, fell 11pc in 2020, after rising 71pc in the past 10 years. Sebastian Duthy of AMR, an art market analysis firm, said: “The volume of all sales that were publicly auctioned at Sotheby’s and Christie’s were down 26pc and 46pc on 2019 respective­ly.” Knight Frank said the markets for fine wines, cars and watches held up last year. Handbags were the top asset, with Hermès the best investment.

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HOME OF THE YEAR

First-time buyers Philip and Elly Handley discovered this Grade II listed forge in Shropshire that had been empty for 15 years. With a budget of just £85,000, they added a timberfram­ed extension clad with dark corrugated metal.

Rach Warley, income was too low for support

Rach Warley, 33, from Newcastle, lives on £650 a month, received via tax credits, which she said had not been enough to buy the basics for her and her daughter. She said: “We sit at home with the heating off.” The single mother was excluded because under half of her income came from her beauty business. Ms Warley had to move to a new town and start afresh; this meant for the months assessed, tax credits outweighed the profit from her new business. She said: “I’ve been tarred with a brush of someone who has been on the dole their whole life but I never have.”

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Self-builder George Bannister transforme­d two agricultur­al buildings in Somerset to create Otterhead House and a one-bedroom holiday let. He let the annexe to help finance the £310,000 build, doing the work almost entirely on a DIY basis.
BEST RENOVATION Self-builder George Bannister transforme­d two agricultur­al buildings in Somerset to create Otterhead House and a one-bedroom holiday let. He let the annexe to help finance the £310,000 build, doing the work almost entirely on a DIY basis.
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