Barnebys.com makes holiday shopping for fine art, antiques and collectibles easy, fun -- and global! Holiday shopping is an easy, pleasant experience through Barnebys.com, a free one-stop website that features more than 400,000 items from 1,000-plus auction houses worldwide. The firm is new to the US
News-Antique.com - Dec 07,2015 - NEW YORK – Holiday shopping is an easy, pleasant experience through Barnebys.com, a free one-stop website that features more than 400,000 items from 1,000-plus auction houses worldwide. Instead of bouncing from auction site to auction site, which can be a frustrating and time-consuming exercise, bidders and buyers simply visit Barnebys.com.
There, they can enter the keyword that will lead them to their holiday treasure, be it a piece of fine art, an antique or collectible, or maybe not a gift at all, like items needed to set a festive holiday table. All of the keyword matches have been aggregated into a super-convenient, one-stop shopping site.
“We tell people, you’re already digital, so take your search global,” said Pontus Silfverstolpe, Barnebys' co-founder and Director of Content. “The holidays are the perfect time to give Barnebys a try, to see how easy it is to navigate and discover how quickly one can find a great gift that was proving so elusive before. It’s free, it’s simple and it brings fabulous results.”
Barnebys was launched in 2011 by Silfverstolpe and Christopher Barnekow, both successful businessmen and entrepreneurs in Sweden. It was Barnekow who came up with the idea, after going online to research a particular still-life painting. “It was extremely frustrating, just getting tossed from one site to the next,” he said, “plus it was time-consuming. Finally, I just gave up.”
An epiphany came when he asked himself, “Why isn’t there a tool or a centralized search engine that can incorporate the lots from many auction houses?” As a seasoned expert in e-commerce in online marketing, Barnekow decided to create such a tool himself, but he needed to partner with someone who was experienced in the auction, fine art and antiques industries. Silfverstolpe was a perfect fit.
Today, Barnebys has offices in Scandinavia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and the United States. Further international expansion is planned for 2016. "When people started their Christmas shopping this year, we noticed a valuation shift,” Barnekow said. “Now, people are willing to buy a ring for a loved one at auction, instead of from a high-end retailer. This applies to other items, too, from furniture to Louis Vuitton handbags to affordable china for your mother-in-law.”
A recent trip to Barnebys revealed the following items for sale, any one of which would make a fine gift: a signed 1938 lithograph on Arches paper, framed, by Pablo Picasso (RoGallery.com); a pair of natural, .10-carat diamond solitaire stud earrings set in 14Kwhite gold (US Jewelry Liquidation); a silver dress ring set with various colored stones (Dickins Auctioneers); and a vintage brown leather Speedy handbag by Louis Vuitton, with multiple carrier gates (Catawiki).
Also on the site was a heart-shape silver charm saying “Return to Tiffany” suspended from a belcher-link bracelet chain with lobster-claw clasp (Fellows); a vintage men's Victorinox Swiss Army Maverick quartz wristwatch (Govberg); two bottles of 1978 Saint-Emilion Chateau Saint Pey red Bordeaux wine (iDealWine); an American Flyer post-World War II Blue Stitcher train (Apple Tree Auction