The collection of antiques is worth $50 billion globally. But there’s one part of the world that houses what we call ancient artifacts. And that’s Egypt!
Egypt has been home to some of the world’s most prized ancient artifacts for thousands of years. But you’re not going to be excavating a historic landmark like the Pyramids, are you?
Sounds exciting, right? We can tell you’re ready to start because you’re still on this guide! Here’s how to start collecting antiques.
Estimating Budget and Financing Options
Collecting ancient artifacts requires proper planning and budgeting. To get started, it’s important to identify the artifacts you want to collect, the techniques of collecting them, and the estimated budget you may need. Research the current market value of your chosen artifacts to get an idea of how much they should cost.
Depending on the type of artifact, you may need to budget for additional expense items such as travel costs, storage, and authentication. Consulting an expert and/or dealership specializing in the sale of ancient artifacts is recommended to get a closer estimate of the true value.
Identifying Reliable Sources of Ancient Artifacts
The process of collecting ancient artifacts such as Chinese porcelain requires knowledge and careful research.
Make sure to identify reliable sources of ancient artifacts such as:
- Antique dealers
- Private collectors
- Knowledgeable experts
Read books, magazines, and articles that focus on collecting and identifying ancient artifacts. Attend local and regional meetings of archaeological and historical societies. Connect with collectors who may offer assistance.
Establishing Professional Relationships With Dealers
Once you have identified a few dealers to work with, get to know them by calling and visiting their store or gallery. Ask questions about specific artifacts and discuss buying, shipping, and return policies.
Inquire about their reputation, to ensure that they are reliable, and talk to other customers who may have recently bought from them. Cultivating a good relationship with dealers can go far in getting the best deals and finding unique artifacts.
Assessing Your Collection Goals
It is important for a collector to evaluate their individual collection goals and preferences. Initially, decide which type of artifacts you would like to specialize in. Assess your budget and determine a reasonable price range for each item or collection.
Create a list of factors to consider for each artifact, such as condition, age, historical significance, and price. Once the pieces are purchased, take detailed notes and photographs of each piece and keep them on file. Develop a database of knowledge and become knowledgeable about the items in your collection.
Conduct more research to learn more about a particular artifact and its past. Lastly, enjoy collecting and displaying your artifacts as each one tells a story that may never be told again.
Start Collecting Ancient Artifacts Today
Collecting ancient artifacts can be a fun yet daunting task. To start, familiarize yourself with the various types of artifacts, their sources, and the museums and galleries that offer them. Research relevant laws and regulations. As you proceed, cultivate an ethical and responsible collecting practice.
With the right knowledge and collecting tips, artifacts can be an exciting and educational way to appreciate the past. Begin your journey now!