Patrick van der Vorst (born in Bruges, Belgium, in 1971) is an entrepreneur, dealer and art expert with over 25 years in the industry of art, antiques and collectibles.
Following his law studies at Louvain University in Belgium, Patrick moved to London in 1995, where he continues to live. Patrick started his career at Sotheby’s Billingshurst in 1996 and transferred in 1997 to Bond Street in London, working first in the Impressionist and Contemporary Art departments, before moving into the Furniture Department, which is his main passion. At age 28 Patrick became Deputy Director at Sotheby's and at 31 a Director and Head of Continental Furniture, specialising in 18th century French Furniture. During this time, he helped organise sales for Elton John’s London home, the Easton Neston Sale, Thurn & Taxis, etc. At the age of 39 he left Sotheby’s to set up his own online venture, valuemystuff.com.
The innovative and award-winning company has a team of 62 experts in over 50 collecting fields, encompassing Fine art, antiques and collectables. It was created on the basis that expertise should be for everyone and has been touted as "The Antique Roadshow online". Famous pieces valued by the company include; a 16th-century chastity belt (£1,500) found in a clear out, an early 19th-century Russian gilt-bronze and painted bronze candelabrum (£12,000-£19,000), a Claude Monet painting for £2 - £3 million and a wooden Egyptian Mallet (£4,000) bought at a car boot sale for £3 and many more interesting discoveries have come to the surface. Making expertise approachable, available to everyone and guaranteed within a 48-hour deadline, make this a unique company.
Alongside ValueMyStuff. van der Vorst also founded St George Valuations in 2011 and is the premium brand of his online antiques business ValueMyStuff. St George Valuations conducts important in-person valuation assignments, appraising and cataloguing the contents of country estates, museum collections and or individual items, from silver spoons to contemporary art.
Van der Vorst appears regularly in the media and on TV, providing interviews for CNN, NBC and is a regular contributor to the Huffington post and features regularly in UK and USA press alike. He is regularly contacted to provide expertise and advice on various news articles concerning art and collecting fields. A former winner on BBC's Dragons Den (where Patrick secured investments from Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden), he can now be seen on Four Rooms Belgium (Stukken van Mensen).