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A moving experience

How can art and antique buyers ensure their purchases arrive in the same condition as when they were bought, at a competitive price? Gabriel Berner explores some options
An ancient Egyptian cartonnage case in the process of being packed ready for delivery.
Photos above and below courtesy of Mail Boxes Etc.
Fragile ceramic pieces individually wrapped and placed in a specially designed box to keep them secure.

Better, faster, cheaper – as ecommerce has grown, so have consumer expectations on service and price. The low-cost, fast turnaround, ‘one-click’ delivery services, driven by the likes of Amazon Prime, have fed expectations of cheap and speedy home delivery and given rise to cut-price courier companies like Hermes.

In much the same way, today’s thriving online auction market has pushed the art shipping sector to offer a simpler, faster and more economical service for both national and international bidders.

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Published every week since 1971, Antiques Trade Gazette is affectionately known as ‘the Bible of the antiques trade’. A long tradition of authority, integrity and accuracy, makes it the essential read for everyone who loves antiques. With a subscription to Antiques Trade Gazette, you’ll stay ahead of all the developments in the art and antiques market, plus you’ll enjoy • A comprehensive auction calendar – see when and where every sale will be happening • Exclusive interviews with dealers, giving you the inside track on the trade • Breaking news on key industry developments • Secrets, stories and tips from leading specialists and collectors • Top lots advertised by auctioneers • Previews of the best art and antiques fairs and markets • Special supplements focusing on specific collecting areas

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