Buying antiques

BADA is the leading trade association for the fine art, design and antiques community. Read our guide to buying antiques.

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 yourself a cash limit

Before you consider buying antiques, it is a good idea to set yourself a cash limit. Be sure to stick to it as closely as possible.

After all, you do not want to find yourself regretting a new purchase, before you have 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 do not 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.

Buying Antiques

Buying 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.

Most dealers will be happy to supply additional images and information about each item, so you can make sure that you are 100% happy with your item before purchasing.


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