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Valentine's Day Love Stories

By Simone | 8th February 2019

For Valentine’s Day this year we decided to do what we do best: celebrate our shared love for unique and hard-to-find objects. To do so, we asked some of our passionate experts, sellers and users a couple of questions. Below you can find an overview of all of the love stories and the special Valentine’s collections our experts have lovingly put together.



She first got interested in antiques just to decorate the house. “This was quite a challenge, as my husband likes it modern, sober and technically perfect, while I strive for warm colours and lots of decorative elements.." .. Read more

Visit Valentine's Antiques auction

Asian Art

Cristina’s passion started when she was only a little girl. “When I was nine years old, I visited Chinatown in San Francisco for the first time. I remember all these different smells, colours, and architecture. It was very magical to me” .. Read more 

Visit Valentine’s Asian Antiques auction


Books & Comics

Comics expert Tim Plumbe’s love for comic books started at an early age. “Before US comics became easily accessible through global online sales, I would often buy UK prints from my local newsagent. Some of my favourites were Action Force, Transformers, and Deathshead.!”.. Read more

Visit the Valentine’s Comics auction and the Valentine's Books auction


Classical Art

Aude Fonlupt was 18 years old when she visited the Parisian Hôtel Drouot for the first time. “I fell in love with this atmosphere instantly. There were so many works of art, paintings and sculptures, from all centuries. And so many different people, collectors, art dealers and bargain-hunters...” Read more 

Visit Valentine’s Classical Art auction



Eric Toonen has collected many different things since his childhood, from vintage toys to glassware and postage stamps, but his true passion is collecting coins. He travels around Europe to find the best pieces and meet up with like-minded collectors.. Read more 

Visit Valentine’s Coins auction


Curio, Pens & Lighters

As a kid, Geert would gaze through the window of the local store, dreaming of getting a Montblanc pen one day. A few years back, his childhood-dream finally became a reality when he bought his first Montblanc; a Meisterstück 144. Today, Geert is a vivid pen enthusiast and seller .. Read more

Visit Valentine’s Pens & Lighters auction and the Curio auction



Our archaeology & natural history experts were so enthusiastic, that they wrote something about the origins of Valentine’s and this entire guide on crystals and their deemed effects.

Visit Valentine’s Mineral auction


Contemporary art

Artists Andrzej Gudanski (AG), Simeon Gonzales (SG), Parscha Mirghawameddin (PM), and Floria Rey (FR) tell us a bit more about how their love for art started. All four artists have a distinctive style of their own and work closely together with Catawiki to bring their work under the attention of their audiences. .. Read more

Visit the L.O.V.E. Modern Art auction


Swarovski Crystals

One of our sellers’ passion started when he met his wife: “Before I met my wife in 1995, I didn’t even know about the existence of Swarovski. In one of her display cabinets at home, she had a few pieces of the series ‘crystal memories’.” .. Read more

Visit the Swarovski auction



“This week I want to share my passion for Rolex 'bling'. Since the 1970's Rolex got more and more demand for customized watches, mainly from the Middle East: sheikhs, dictators (Colonel Gaddafi had a gigantic Rolex collection), oil producers and emperors were all looking for watches that were a 'bit' more decorated with diamonds/gemstones.” .. Read more 

Visit Valentine’s Watches auction

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