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As an investment, antiquities are a secure value like the Swiss Franc, although most people buy for passion and pleasure,’ says Swiss-born Egyptology graduate Laetitia Delaloye. Her love of the ancient world goes back to a childhood spent visiting her grandparents in Egypt. ‘The appeal and value of beautiful pieces — with impeccable provenance — has soared, and they continue to go up.’ As head of department at Christie’s, where she started as an intern ten years ago, she oversees a team of two specialists in London, working in conjunction with the New York branch, with twice yearly sales held in each. As the world’s oldest auction house, it goes without saying that the level of expertise and client support is unmatched.

Laetitia Delaloye