Detail of an antique shagreen box

Buying antiques or fine art can be an expensive undertaking, so how can you ensure that you are getting good value for your investment?

Set a cash limit

Before buying antiques, it is a good idea to set yourself a cash limit and stick to it as closely as possible.

After all, you don’t want to find yourself regretting a new purchase, before you’ve even taken it home.

Keep your focus

You will inevitably be tempted by other items for sale, so it is important to make a plan and stick to it.

You don’t want to blow your budget on an Old Master, when you were planning to purchase a new dining table.

Do your research

If you want to be certain of getting the best price, you must be prepared to shop around.

Comparing prices for similar objects, from multiple dealers, will give you a good idea of what you can expect to pay.

The BADA Guide to Buying Antiques

Search antiques online

An online search is an excellent option to help you shape your plans. 

Searching online will enable you to compare multiple dealers inventory from the comfort of your own home. 

Click here to browse thousands of objects in a wide variety of specialisms, currently available from BADA members.

BADA 2019

If you prefer speaking to a dealer face to face, 100 of the UK’s leading dealers will be exhibiting at our very own event BADA 2019

BADA 2019 is held on Duke of York’s Square, just off the King's Road in Chelsea, and will be open from March 20-26, 2019.

For advice on selling fine art and antique items click here

For advice on choosing a dealer click here

For advice on buying for export click here

For advice on caring for antique items or fine art click here

For advice on insuring treasured items click here