People all over the world collect antiques. There is just something special about possessing something from a prior age. The antique owner has a soft, gentle reminder of days gone by. And it does not hurt that the item has a "story" behind it.

Online Auction provides an ideal setting for selling antiques. Auction buyers are always on the lookout for unusual items. And the sellers can feel a reasonable assurance that their antiques will bring true market prices.

In general, to be identified as an antique, an item must be old enough to be both rare and collectible. A good rule of thumb is that furniture should be at least 100 years old. Automobiles and power tools may sometimes be considered antiques if they are over 25 years old.

 It is all a matter of judgment. A five year old personal computer would be described as an "antique" by some people, but it is probably neither rare nor collectible. So, a seasoned auctioneer would not expect such a computer to fetch much of a price at an antique auction. In fact, it would be out of place.

The experienced auctioneer always enlists the help of a recognized appraiser when selling antiques. He will never identify a piece as an antique unless I have had its authenticity verified by a professional in the field of antiques. Any ethical auctioneer will want to protect his buyers (and his own reputation) by consulting a specialist.

Generally speaking, any piece of furniture or another decorative object can be called an antique if it was produced in a prior anthropological period and is valuable because of its beauty or rarity.

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