Welcome to the world of art, antiques and design
We've created Barnebys for all of us who seek the unique.
Not long ago, both patience and knowledge were required in order to browse auction catalogues or to find something special from a dealer as these businesses targeted a small circle of customers. That has, however, changed and globally people are discovering art and antiques for themselves. This means that there was a whole word of new buyers wanting to access the art and antiques market.
The idea behind Barnebys was first conceived in 2011, when we ourselves realised how difficult it was to navigate in the world of auctions and art.
A query on the internet gave pretty much nothing, and certainly not access to the full art market. In the autumn of 2011, we launched a test version of our service in Sweden, and only a couple of months later most Scandinavian auction houses were available with a single search. It was revolutionary, and we've continued to affect the market ever since. A lot has happened since the launch, and we're now in place in the US, UK, France and Germany. Every day new auction houses and dealers affiliates with us, and the number of objects on Barnebys continue to grow.
We're the auction houses' and dealers' best friend
The number of buyers and sellers on the art market is quickly growing. In order for the auction and antique dealing market to grow, it needs be become more available and transparent.
That's why we're convinced that our model, where the houses and dealers handle their the customer relationships directly and owns the deals, is a long-term winner.
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.
Christopher is one of Barnebys' founders. He's got 20 years of experience from marketing online services and has founded several companies, such as Rodeo Magazine, Got2Get and the advertising agency Smith.