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The UK's first free independent online antique service
The UK's first free independent online antique service launched in January, offering free online valuations to all users, and a range of follow on services including antique selling, loans, restoration and estate valuations.
Thousands of people in the UK now search the web for antique valuations every month and Antique Vault provides the free, impartial service which hasn’t been available until now. Set up by Michael MacDonald formerly of Christie’s, Antique Vault is an online service providing impartial advice on many aspects of the industry.
From valuations and selling, to restoration and loans, the service minimises the hassle and risk associated with the antiques trade. Free online valuations are the most popular service, and every effort has been made to keep the process simple. Once a short online form has been filled in and photos uploaded, the request is passed on to a network of ex Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Bonhams’ experts who will value it and send a free report back within a week – far easier than sourcing an expert yourself, travelling miles to see them, and being left wondering what to do next.
After the valuation Antique Vault can also sell the item, choosing the best selling avenue from a network of auction houses, private collectors, and dealers. This approach is unique in the industry and works firmly on the side of the seller, often leading to a far higher selling price. Antique Vault is not tied to any one auction house or dealer, leading to a stress and risk free service which is truly impartial.
Co-founder Michael MacDonald has been in the trade for years and knows the associated risks:
“With one in five people in the UK collecting, and many people sitting on family heirlooms, there is no better time than now to bring the world of antiques online. When I first started out in antiques the industry was shrouded in mystery. The advent of antique programmes on TV means the interest in unearthing potential family treasures has increased, but it is only with great experience that you can successfully value and sell an item. Two auction houses may appear similar, but can attract completely different buyers, and choosing the right one could be the difference between a windfall and a no sale. With Antique Vault we are really just pooling the knowledge of our experts and passing it on, minimising the risk to the customer.”
Antique Vault’s full range of valuation, selling, loan, restoration and estate valuation services make it a one-stop location for antique services, without having to leave the comfort of the home.
Visit http://www.antiquevault.co.uk for details
For more information and images contact:
Managing Director - Matthew Betts - matthew.betts@
Marketing Director - Jonny Butler - jonny.butler@
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We are a free online valuation service offering a range of follow on services: selling antiques, loans, antique restoration and estate valuations.