Never afraid to innovative when it comes to bringing the beauty and excitement of ancient art to a wider audience, the Aboutaam brothers, Hicham and Ali, instituted e-tiquities in May, 2009. Not only can items be purchased on-line, via e-tiquities™ but potential collectors can also participate in on-line auctions. The first work to be auctioned on e-tiquities was a glass amphoriskos, a type of perfume bottle, from the Greek Hellinistic epoch, 3rd to 2nd century B.C.E. The bidding was set to begin at $8,000.
Hicham Aboutaam explains that purchasing antiquities can be a sound investment, which not only maintains its monetary value, but adds also value to the enjoyment of the collector’s life.
As Mr. Aboutaam put it:
“Given current economic conditions, people of all financial status are looking for safer havens for their investments. Antiquities have always been a good alternative through both booms and busts and unlike stocks or bonds, the return on investment includes owning a piece of timeless beauty.”