Barnebys is excited to announce that it has acquired ValueMyStuff, the best online valuation service around. This development means that Barnebys takes another step towards becoming the world's one stop shop for both buyers and sellers of art, design, antiques and collectibles.

ValueMyStuff is the world’s number one art and antiques appraisal website. The website now has over 500,000 users and provides customers with online valuations of their art, memorabilia, wine, watches and any other assets in over 48 collecting categories. Founded in 2010 by Patrick van der Vorst, ex-director of Sotheby’s Europe, the website is powered by a team of 62 experts who formerly worked for Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Phillips, thus guaranteeing the highest standard of art valuations.

Often described in the press as ‘the Antiques Roadshow online’, the site either helps customers understand the items they already own, or it gets used as a tool by buyers to further build their collections. Over the past eight years, ValueMyStuff has discovered a wide range of objects of which the most noteworthy ones include a Claude Monet painting valued at £1.5 million, a medieval chastity belt valued at £2,000, a mid-19th-century golf ball valued at £20,000, and a Chinese blue and white Kangxi bowl which subsequently sold for £182,000.

Patrick van der Vorst, founder of ValueMyStuff, is delighted that Barnebys has acquired the company Patrick van der Vorst, founder of ValueMyStuff, is delighted that Barnebys has acquired the company

ValueMyStuff’s ethos is to deliver more than what is expected, and as a result the company has gone from success to success. Van der Vorst adds, “Today we have private customers using our services, but also a large section of the art business community using our services daily both dealers and auction houses who use us to tap into further expertise to compliment their existing brands.”

Barnebys Group is the world’s leading search service for arts, design and antiquities and was founded in 2011. Other recent acquisitions are also US-based, namely Simple Auction Site and Collectors Weekly.

Pontus Silfverstolpe and Christopher Barnekow, co-founders of Barnebys Pontus Silfverstolpe and Christopher Barnekow, co-founders of Barnebys

The purchase of ValueMyStuff provides Barnebys with a huge leap forward allowing it to strengthen one of the major components in its client offering, providing a more efficient and faster service for every user in the market. Representatives at Barnebys add, “Most of the mail that reaches Barnebys is for valuation requests. For us it is important to be able to meet our customers' wishes and in recent years we have seen an increased need to help our visitors offer fast values ranging from Picasso paintings to ceramic vases and old corkscrews.”

Van der Vorst says,  “I have been watching the rise of Barnebys in the art space over the last years, and am delighted to be a shareholder in their company and further assist them in an advisory capacity going forward”.

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