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Specialist dealers share their top tipsWhat should you be investing in now? We ask the experts...

* First edition hooks "I've had many first editions but my favourite was a copy of The Hobbit from 1957. Look out for the great British modern writers such as Agatha Christie or author of the Bond novels, Ian Fleming. A rare signed first edition James Bond novel can go for as much as £15,000." Matt de Marco, Unit 19, Harris's Arcade

* Vintage watches "Omega Speedmasters are a good investment. Certain 1970s models used to fetch around £1,000, but recent interest has pushed this up by about 50%." Martyn Stamp, Unit 50, Admiral Vernon Arcade

* Art Deco furniture "Look for something different, something that other people might not spot. I love everything in my collection, the Art Deco furniture, the lights. You have to develop an eye for these things."
Sam and Sam, Art Deco, 135 Portobello Road

* Vintage buttons "Every button has a story so you have to do your homework first. If you want to start collecting get hold of The Big
Book of Buttons by Elizabeth Hughes. It's the best book and worth every penny."
Jim and Rita Stephenson, Unit 2, Admiral Vernon Arcade

*Leather luggage "Go for quality every time. Things develop a patina with age that can't be replicated. And well-made things can go on being recycled and be given a different purpose from generation to generation."
Dee Zammit, W&B Antiques, The Red Teapot

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