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Job Description

Antique dealers source, view, negotiate and buy antiques on behalf of a client, auction house or their own shop. Rates of pay can vary enormously as most antique dealers are self employed.

Entry Requirements

There are no set requirements. You’ll need knowledge of antiques and the market, and funds for starting up.

You could get into this role by:

  • working in an antiques shop as an assistant or general worker
  • working in a salesroom or an auction house as a porter, clerk, cataloguer, valuer or auctioneer
  • collecting and researching antiques as a hobby then taking a stall at antiques markets or fairs, buying and selling on the internet, or opening a shop

You could also increase your knowledge by doing degrees, diplomas and short courses in subjects like art history. 

The British Antique Dealers' Association (BADA) has information on working as an antique dealer.

Career Path and Progression

You could progress to become a specialist dealer, valuer or auctioneer.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Art gallery curator
  • Art valuer
  • Watch or clock repairer

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • A strong interest in historical items and antiques
  • Willingness to research
  • Good negotiation skills
  • Good judgement
  • Able to make a quick decision
  • Good commercial awareness
  • A passion for antiques.
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