As we approach the end of the year at Antiques.co.uk it becomes a race against time for dealers to capitalise on the Christmas rush. So in a mood of festive giving we would like to offer you the gift of extra time and the services of our back office elves. Because it’s our gift to you, this is a free service for the next month.
If you have your own website, all you need to do is email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Transfer my items” and we can list them on www.antiques.co.uk for free. This will give you a wider reach to global buyers looking for those last minute momentous gifts and save time not having to list them twice.
Sign up today and get 6 months free
For those of you that have been thinking about signing up to Antiques.co.uk – there really is no better time to do it. Not only are we offering to put all your items onto our site for you; we’re also offering to sell for free until May 2009. Even after 6 months we want to make sure that you are getting the best offer possible from Antiques.co.uk so when your 6 months is up you’ll still only pay £3.50 per week and you’ll be allowed to put an unlimited amount of items onto the site.
Wanted by buyers...
Antiques.co.uk also gives buyers the chance to request items that our dealers may have. This is a perfect tool for you to match your antiques to our buyers. Every time a buyer searches on Antiques.co.uk, and doesn’t find what they’re looking for, they get a chance to save their search. This then comes up on the front page as Wanted Items. Make sure you are checking this regularly to find out what you potential customers are looking for. Here are just a few items that have been requested;
ENID BLYTON : A buyer is seeking 1st Editions, autographs and collectables relating to this fabulous children’s writer.
EQUESTRIAN SADDLE RACK : An interior design buyer would like to find an antique saddle rack.
RUSSIAN CHINA, PORCELAIN & POTTERY : Several buyers are looking for pre-1950s Russian china, porcelain and pottery.
ANTIQUE MAPS : There are also buyers looking for antique maps, specifically those relating to the Britain Isles.
Featured Item of the Month
This month's Featured Item is a framed Honoré Daumier illustration
- "Apres Le Verdict". Price £65.00
Lady Pamela Pidgeon had a very original way of selling luxury antiques – she used Great Brampton House, her 10 bedroom stately home in Herefordshire, as a showroom. Britain’s only ‘antiques mansion’ attracted an international clientele, which included celebrities such as Ava Gardner and Luciano Pavarotti. Visitors entering the spectacular country residence would be guided through the various rooms in the house, each bestowed with a different name such as The Wedgwood Room, The Russian Room and The Gold Room. A perceptive businesswoman, Lady Pidgeon recognised the importance of creating a vision of English grandeur that her clients could understand and would wish to emulate. In fact she became so successful that she had a helipad installed in the grounds and bought a fleet of chauffeur-driven Rolls Royces to ferry her customers from the local airport to her home.
However, due to ill health and after her husband’s death, the entire contents of Great Brampton House went to auction on 1 October 2008 billed as ‘the country house sale of the century’. More than 700 lots including fine furniture, Asian ceramics and paintings went under the hammer. At just a third of the way into the sale the total had already exceeded the £1 million mark, with many lots selling above their pre-sale estimate, while the mansion itself reached over £2 million. There ends an incredible and unique dealership, made all the more incredible when you realise that Lady Pidgeon’s business actually started in 1960 selling antiques out of the boot of her Morris Minor 1000!
We look forward to seeing you on Antiques.co.uk soon.