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.

When the air had cleared after the frenzy of New York’s spring art auctions, players and spectators...
This circa-1900 pink-swirl marble is in what Dan Morphy calls “wet mint condition,” or as pristine...
Photo by Bob Tursack
Maya Angelou’s art collection focused on works by African-American masters...
The display is part of a hotel-wide renovation that will be completed by the end of the year...
Heritage Auctions will also offer Mickey Mantle’s rookie card and Mike Ditka’s Super Bowl playbook…
Photo by Cordero Studios⁄corderostudios.com
Charles and Judy Tate assembled a world-class collection of Latin American art—and then gave it all...
Photo by The Strong, Rochester, N.Y.
The American game culture is almost as old as the country itself...
Photograph by Ron Pierson, courtesy of Guernsey's
The bounty from the sunken ship includes 40 tons of silver and gold valued at $450 million…
Photo by Michael Richter
Visitors trekked to Maastricht, the Netherlands, for the March opening day of the European Fine Art...
The 13 new portraits include images of Douglas Cramer, Judy Garland, and Ernesto Esposito…