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SELLING AN ANTIQUE DESK
often asked what is the best way to sell an old (antique) desk.
Three possible ways to sell your desk are described below.
Note on Values:
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 any commitment. Any
indications of value that we give will be as realistic as possible
taking into account current market conditions and will reflect selling
prices for the options outlined below. Amy indications of value
that we may give will not be suitable for insurance or ;probate
purposes, where the opinion of a professional surveyor or value should
always be sought.
Route 1 - Online.
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. 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,
particularly for "rare" or "unusual" 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! 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 really 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
delarers often buy desks direct from private clients. They should
offer at least
the same price that would be obtained at auction (but without the fees) and 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 international client base.
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