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PAN Amsterdam Arts & Antiques Fair

Now more than a quarter-century old, PAN Amsterdam has established itself as one of the Netherlands' top annual arts and antiques fairs. Each November, the fair, renowned for its quality and its diversity, offer art that spans an incredible variety of traditions (not to mention price brackets) - from rare books and manuscripts to authentic Old Masters.

The inventory does veer towards the pricey, but that doesn't stop the 50,000-odd art lovers from all walks of life who turn out annually for the event.

Spectators too are welcome to take in the broad variety of arts, from ancient to contemporary, that are the prized wares of some 134 exhibitors, chiefly arts and antiques dealers. While the artworks themselves differ each year, one constant is the impeccable quality of the pieces; as the PAN web site proudly proclaims, "Every object is vetted for authenticity, artistic quality and condition before the fair opens" by a panel of 80 experts. This means that those who shell out for an artwork - whether it's several hundred or several thousand euro - can take confidence in the object's value.

PAN Amsterdam takes place at the RAI Parkhal, just outside of Amsterdam RAI Station (take the NS train, tram 4 or bus 51 from Amsterdam Central Station); the fair is open daily, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (till 6 p.m. on the Thursday and Sunday of the week). Adult admission is € 15 for the day, € 40 for a passepartout valid for the entire fair; children receive a discounted admission of € 7.50. See the PAN Amsterdam web site for complete information.

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