Posted by Chris on 01/08/2023
Across Britain, in homes of all shapes and sizes lie astonishing hoards of potential treasures. Their owners have filled their homes with items they’ve acquired, curated, or obsessively collected. But there’s a catch – they have no idea what their items are worth.
This, says Antiques.co.uk owner Iain Brunt, is a driving force behind the launch of a brand new professional valuations service.
Open to everyone, wherever they are in the world, the new service offers fast and simple independently-valued antiques and art. Sellers can then list and sell them commission-free, right here on Antiques.co.uk.
Iain is launching the new valuations service ahead of an upcoming appearance on Channel 4’s ‘Millionaire Hoarders’.
With 40 years of experience in the art and antiques industry, he believes it will help open up the industry beyond just professional dealers:
“When I started selling antiques in the 90s, the only options anyone had were to try and list their items at an auction house. But they take a hefty chunk out of the profits, and unfortunately many of them go unsold. So after that, it’s either car boot sales, or stick it on eBay or Gumtree – without any idea of what it’s worth.
“You don’t want to be that person who sold a dusty old vase for £50 and then find out later that it was worth a fortune.
“Things have come a long way since I started Antiques.co.uk – but as a global art and antique advisor, I feel that independent valuations are still not freely available online.”
Iain Brunt is the owner of Antiques.co.uk, and launches the new valuations service with 40 years of experience in the antiques and art markets
It’s something that has the potential to disrupt the global antiques market: the new service is open to everyone, no matter where they are in the world.
After you’ve uploaded details and photos of your items, you'll receive your professional valuation. You can then choose whether to sell your pieces commission-free on Antiques.co.uk, where thousands of people – from interior designers and collectors to dealers and homemakers – are looking for items just like yours, every day.
Here's how to get started.
Antiques.co.uk owner Iain Brunt appears with host Clive Downham (middle left) on Channel 4's Millionaire Hoarders on 4th August 2023
Starting on Friday 4th August, Channel 4’s Millionaire Hoarders brings together experts in the world of antiques and collectables to sift through homes packed full of potential.
For the very first episode, Iain was asked to identify the artist of an amazing work by William Marlow (pictured below) – which the owner knew nothing about.
Born in 1740, William Marlow specialised in drawing and painting views of London, and magnificent country houses.
Now, his paintings can sell for thousands and are increasingly difficult to find. Iain comments:
“The seller had no idea where this scene was set – because the view was painted before the current Houses of Parliament were even built.”
Here’s how to get your items professionally valued with Antiques.co.uk