Boxer Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom Khan are selling their home in Bolton as well as some of their antiques.
Faryal has offered her followers on Instagram the chance to buy the contents of their existing home, which includes antiques wall lamps and mirrors as well as more modern items. She posted:
“Serious buyers only, please don’t waste my time. Please keep that in mind before messaging me.”
It is unusual to buy antiques from an Instagram account, and it is often not recommended. Many antique dealers have Instagram accounts where they post pictures and descriptions of items they have for sale. Potential buyers then contact the dealers directly to view and purchase items.
Reputable antique dealers are members of trade organisations such as the Association of Art and Antique Dealers also known as LAPADA, which binds its members to a strict code of business ethics that protects their customers.
Whilst Faryal Khan will be honest in her dealings with the followers who want to buy her goods, buying antiques from a non-trade body accredited dealer can be risky. Instagram is a good marketing platform for antique dealers, but there is no substitute for visiting a dealer in-person to see the quality of their items.
Buying an antique desk, sofa chest or other antiques from a Lancashire dealer who is a member of LAPADA means that you will be charged a fair price and that the descriptions of the antique pieces will be honest.
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