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SELLING AN ANTIQUE DESK
As long established international antique furniture dealers in the UK we are
often get asked what is the best way to sell an old (antique) desk.
In fact this is a question we get asked several times most weeks. As
peoples circumstances change they often don't want to keep that lovely
piece of antique furniture that has served them so well over the years
The good news is that there is always a good demand for quality pieces
of antique furniture that are useful in today's world. Here are 3 ways
that you could approach the sale of your desk.
If you require information on Antique Desk Values and Prices we
can also help. Please Contact Us with a
description of the type of desk you are interested in selling, its
dimensions (width, height, depth), wood type and any other unique
features it may have (including makers marks (often found inside
drawers). We can provide broad guidance on prices and values, where to
sell such a desk and what to look out for. Please note that any
information we provide on values and prices is provided without warranty
or obligation and we always advise taking professional advice from as
many sources as possible before making a sale.
Route 1 - Online.
Yes - the DIY sell it yourself approach. These days there are so many
options for selling online. If you are prepared to take some photos,
write a good honest description and perhaps help to deliver the desk (or
make arrangements to have it delivered to the new buyer) then this can
be a good way forward. See
our top 5 tips for online sales at our sister Blog from Antiques4Cottages.
The issue with this approach can be knowing what price to set for your
desk - however a small amount of online research should quickly reveal
the "going rate" for similar pieces
Route 2 - Auction.
Using a professional auction house can be a good route for both
"standard" and "rare" desks. A professional auction house will provide
an estimate of value and their terms of business. This can be a useful
route for those wishing to have a sale with minimum fuss and without the
need to deal face to face with the buyer. It may be a good idea to shop
around between auction houses to see who have the most favourable terms
and commissions - not all auction houses are the same! And also beware
any hidden fees for transport, storage or photography. Local
auction houses can help with most transactions however if you believe
that you have a rare or unusual desk then it may be best to contact an
auction house of national or international repute who can market the
desk more widely.
Route 3 - Sell to a
We sometimes buy desks direct from private clients. We offer at least
the same price that would be obtained at auction and we handle all the
paperwork and transportation. The sale can be a simple transaction or a
sale on "consignment" - whereby the dealer will market the desk
alongside his regular stock and then take a fixed amount or percentage
once the desk sells at the amount agreed with the vendor (this route may
realise a higher price but can take longer). Ideally it would be a good
idea to approach a number of dealers (perhaps by email with photos,
dimensions and a description of the desk) to get the best price. For a
rare high value desk it may be best to approach dealers with a national
or even international client base.
More information on antique desks, antique writing, library and office
furniture is available at our website
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