Antiques are precious because of their beauty, much less of their age. Because of their beauty they are preserved for generations, therefore become aged antiques. Beauty is the single most important thing I learned from my antique mentor Dr Chuck Jia. This cannot be emphasized enough. Now you are better than 90 percent of the antique collectors because you are reading this!
Beauty is so important that when it reaches a certain level even authenticity becomes less important. In fact, Beauty and authenticity often goes together. Beauty is the hardest or most expensive thing to imitate.
There are 3 elements to the value of an antique: artistic, cultural and historical. Beauty mainly belong to the artistic aspect. Of course age itself can contribute to beauty.
Do you see beauty in this 2000 years old ram?