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Job Name

Antique dealer

Job Description
Antique dealers buy and sell old objects and collectors' items.

Salary Low
£Varied

Salary high:
£Varied

Typical hours:
39 to 41 variable

Typical Hours per Day:
freelance / self-employed away from home

How to become an Antique dealer

You can get into this job through:


University

You could study for a degree in fine arts or art history, although this is not always essential.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:


College

You may be able to start by taking part-time or short residential courses to build up your knowledge. Courses include:

Entry requirements

There are no set entry requirements for this route

Work


You could work in an antiques shop as an assistant, learning on the job.

You could also start in a salesroom or auction house as a porter, clerk, cataloguer, valuer or auctioneer.

Other Routes

You could collect and research antiques as a hobby and then take a stall at an antiques market or fair, buy and sell on the internet, or open a shop.

Some of the larger auction houses, like Sotheby's Institute of Art and Christie's Education run short courses in art history and the arts market. They also offer more in-depth postgraduate study aimed at graduates wanting to work in the commercial arts market.

More Information

Career tips

You'll need a good knowledge of antiques and the market. Sales skills, the ability to spot saleable items, and funds for starting up are likely to be more important than formal qualifications.

Further information

You can discover more about working in antiques through the The British Antique Dealers' Association.

You can also find out more about working in creative careers from Discover Creative Careers.

What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

Your day-to-day tasks may include:

Working environment

You could work at a store or from home.

Your working environment may be you'll travel often.

Career path and progression

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





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