2009 Reader's Choice

Perhaps our most daunting challenge as editors of a magazine about connoisseurship is that our audience is one of the most sophisticated and knowledgeable ever to turn the pages of a periodical. Oftentimes they know as much as (if not more than) our own experts. In fact, over the past 33 years, many of the ideas for our best stories have come to us from readers. This month, we celebrate that unique relationship in our first annual Reader’s Choice issue. In the following pages, we gather a band of top car collectors to debate the most collectible vehicles of all time (page 76), a panel of watch enthusiasts to discuss their favorite timepieces (page 88), and a cadre of rare-wine aficionados to select the best vintages of the past century (page 96). We also publish the results of a survey of 125 of our readers (page 100), in which we list some of their favorite products, places, and people.

“It really was a gap in art history,” Falconer says...
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In 2006, Bonhams London introduced an annual auction as curious as the objects it proffered. Called...
The Solid Fountain Pen Gold Edition’s barrel is constructed entirely from 14-karat gold…
Detective Don Hrycyk has returned an estimated $121 million in stolen works to their rightful...
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The Oakland Athletics enjoyed a dynastic run of success in the 1970s, winning three World Series in...
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Bonhams attributes the high realized price in part to The Imitation Game, the recent film about...
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King John of Saxony commissioned a young Dresden coachbuilder to create a sweet town coach...
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“American Pie” topped the Billboard charts shortly after its 1971 release...
More than 80 dealers will be selling some of their finest pieces…
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The “Cynical Realism” movement emerged in the early 1990s....