Helios Gallery Antiquities - FAQ


FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

We like to keep things simple at Helios Gallery

Our photographs and descriptions represent items as honestly and accurately as humanly possible.

No gimmick photography, no fancy catalogues and no inflated prices to cover the costs of grand retail premises.

We view each sale as an ongoing relationship with a fellow antiquities enthusiast.

Do you sell genuine or reproduction items?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • The items for sale are genuine ancient objects.

  • Please see the collecting antiquities section for further advice.

Do you guarantee authenticity?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • We unconditionally guarantee authenticity.

  • A detailed receipt is included with all orders guaranteeing the age, culture, description and provenance of each object.

Do you ship securely?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, we use tracked delivery services which are fully insured for loss or damage.

  • Please see the ordering section for further details.

Are your items legal to sell?

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Am I allowed to import these items into my country?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

International shipping

Customs and import?

  • All items on this website comply with UK law governing the trade in cultural property.
  • Although we are happy to advise clients when possible, please note that it is the buyer's responsibility to be aware of Customs duties, regulations and/or import restrictions in their home/destination country when placing an order.

Do you buy antiquities?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, we are always happy to consider the purchase of items which have been in old collections and/or can be demonstrated to have been acquired legally. 

  • We will happily work with owners to research old provenances in order to ascertain their legality prior to purchase.

  • We will not buy items offered from source countries unless they are accompanied by a valid export permit. Offers of illegal, looted or smuggled items are reported to the police.

Do you offer research, consultancy and valuation services?

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • We operate a limited consultancy service for our long-term collectors. 

  • We can offer some advisory services on a one-off basis such as authentication or insurance valuations.

  • Fees depend on complexity and will usually start from £100 plus VAT.

Can you tell me if something I collect becomes available for sale?

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  • All items for sale are offered on our website.
  • To see new additions please join our mailing list.
  • Because we have over 1,000 registered clients it is impossible to offer specific items to each and every potential buyer.

How can we trust your website?

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  • We have been trading since 1989 and have one of the best reputations in the business.
  • We pride ourselves on our ethical and transparent trading policies which far exceed most of our competitors.
  • But don't take our word for it! It makes really good sense to not only search the internet for independent advice but also ask museums, universities, other dealers and trade associations for opinions

Why buy from Helios Gallery?

Helios Gallery our Ethos...

    • Before buying from any website we recommend that you check their reputation and claims independently, please visit our collecting antiquities page for further advice.
    • We offer the highest possible standards of customer care, we source our stock in a responsible and ethical manner, and we try to offer items which are interesting and special at all price levels.
    • We do not exaggerate our descriptions, we do not take photographs with enhanced contrasts and we do not employ gimmicks or hyperbole to entice buyers.
    • We treat a sale as part of an on-going relationship with an individual. Honesty, integrity and a good rapport with our clients is how we maintain our reputation.
    • We have built a business with over one thousand registered clients ranging from school kids to professors, casual buyers to institutional collectors and museum curators
    • If you do not know us already but like what you see on our website we hope you will get in touch or perhaps make a small purchase and see if it lives up to your expectations

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Further reading

Read our guide to collecting, dealers, associations and more...

Read our advice on buyng, how to spot fakes and tips.

Read how we buy our stock, authenticate and research provenance

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