Recently, the art and antique market has undergone some dramatic changes. Until now, flipping through a catalogue required not only the effort to actually get hold of one, but a need to know the industry inside out. The auction houses and dealers mainly focused on a small group of sellers and bidders, resembling a clique rather than a market. But this is no longer the case. All over the world more and more people are buying art and antiques, which means that the industry is growing – both in buyers and objects.
We've managed to make all auctions more available by gathering them in one place. By opening up the market, art, design and antiquities are now just a click away and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
The idea behind Barnebys came when we ourselves realised how difficult it was to navigate around the art world. This was back in 2011, after many hours searching the web, the results were practically fruitless, as there was no where to access all art and antiques in one place.
Our Swedish site was launched in the fall of 2011, and just a couple of months later, the lion's share of the Scandinavian houses were affiliated with Barnebys and just a click away. We've come a long way since, and we’re now in the US, UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and Hong Kong.
We're positive that our concept – where the auction house and dealers are at the forefront and maintain their customer relationship – will remain a success.
CEO Christopher is Barnebys co-founder, and an experienced entrepreneur with more than 20 years of online marketing know-how. His track record includes successful undertakings, such as Rodeo Magazine, Got2Get and the Stockholm-based ad agency Smith.
Head of Content Pontus Silfverstolpe is one of the founders of Barnebys. He is an auction expert with 20 years of experience of fine arts and antiques. Pontus is well-known in Sweden as host of antiques TV shows, and antiques expert in several Swedish magazines. In his blog he writes about the art market, trends and gives analyses.