Well now that the festive season has worn off and we're all looking into 2011 as a grim year of austerity, there's actually no better time to buy antiques. Instead of buying new furniture for your property, purchasing an antique not only provides character and unique charm, but also acts an investment for the future.
Antiques.co.uk has a grand wealth of antiques supplied from a multitude of professional dealers, so you know you'll be in good hands. If you can't find what you're looking for immediately, save your search and we'll alert all of our dealers to your needs so they can upload the items that match.
What's more, we deal with trusted valuers, conservators, shippers and insurers that means you'll be looked after over the entire process of finding that perfect item, from start to finish.
Here are a few of our favourite partners this month...
Antiques Master is back, and the search is on to find the next amateur antiques expert worthy of the title.
ARE YOU AN AMATEUR ANTIQUES AFICIONADO? CAN YOU DISTINGUISH YOUR LALIQUE FROM YOUR VENINI? IS YOUR ANTIQUES KNOWLEDGE PRICELESS?
If so, we want to hear from YOU!
We're looking for amateur antiques experts who have a passion, insight and knowledge to compete for the title of Antiques Master 2011 in this exciting primetime quiz for BBC TWO.
If you're 18 or over and interested in applying then please request an application form before Monday 14th February by contacting the BBC on: Tel: 0161 244 4160
(Standard geographical charges apply and calls may be included in your telecom provider's call package. Calls from mobiles may be higher)
OR EMAILING: firstname.lastname@example.org
The best way to judge the value of your collection is by researching what prices similar items have achieved at auction. The-saleroom.com gives you instant access to where, when and at what price an item actually sold for together with its description and images.
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By speaking to our qualified underwriters directly you can be certain that your home and valuables, including individual items worth over £15,000, are suitably insured. We can also arrange valuations and offer expert advice so that whatever happens, we’re with you when it matters.
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Value My Stuff had a very busy start to the New Year, valuing on average 200 items per day. Among the January marvels valued so far, were an 18th century Northern Indian painting on cloth, depicting Radha and Krishna valued at £12,000-£18,000 and a rare Mary Tudor fine Sovereign 1553, an outstanding specimen worth £15,000-£20,000, alongside a lost painting by Lucio Fontana worth £700,000.
Valuemystuff.com counts over 40 auction houses amongst its clients who regularly tap into the expertise of the over 50 experts all of whom have worked for Sotheby's or Christie's. Why not try the service yourself to discover this easy to use, fast and reliable valuation service.
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Founder - Value My Stuff Now Ltd.
London SW1E 5RS
Tel: +44 207 869 51 37
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