2009 Reader's Choice

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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.

Ferrari’s track-only hybrid supercar is now available in 1:8 scale…
Photo by Estate of Pablo Picasso Artists Rights Society, New York
Picasso’s Les Femmes d’Alger selling for $179.4 million in May is one of many recent examples…
Photo by Randall Cordero
How an Internet entrepreneur assembled a world-beating collection of arcade games…
Photo by Cordero Studios/www.corderostudios.com
A Southern California homeowner has an incredible 1,200-square-foot shrine to America’s pastime…
Photo by Iwan Baan
This September, a highly anticipated contemporary art museum—the Broad—will open in downtown Los...
How much does baseball outpace other sports memorabilia? A look at the record-setting prices for...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by The Broad Art Foundation/Hausesr & Wirth/Bruce White
After decades assembling one of the foremost collections of contemporary art, Eli and Edythe Broad...
Photo by Tom Forsyth and Ron Jarrell
With more than 275 million game sets sold in the past century, Monopoly is the most popular board...
Shell refueled Logano’s career, so to speak, and the the connection between this driver and his...