Selling Privately

Flexibility, immediacy and discretion are the hallmarks of selling important works of art through Sotheby’s Private Sales.


HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT MY PROPERTY IS WORTH?

We will gladly evaluate the work you are considering selling privately. For general enquiries about the value of your property, please complete an estimate request form according to the directions provided, which includes submitting clear colour photographs and images of details such as signatures, maker’s marks and areas of damage. For other enquiries specific to private (non-auction) sales, email us at privatesales@sothebys.com

Please note that Sotheby’s minimum consignment value for private sale is $100,000.


WHAT DOES SOTHEBY’S SELL PRIVATELY?

Sotheby’s offers private sales in all the categories in which we also conduct auctions. These include Impressionist & modern art, old master paintingscontemporary art, jewellery, furniture, antiquities, African art and watches.


HOW DO YOU DETERMINE WHETHER A PRIVATE SALE OR AN AUCTION IS THE MOST SUITABLE METHOD FOR SELLING MY PROPERTY?

After Sotheby’s specialists examine and appraise your property, they will assess the best method for offering your work and achieving your goals. Our specialists will work with you to develop a personalised sale strategy that will be the most beneficial for your specific needs based on their unique market access and global insights. All private sale enquiries are treated with the utmost privacy and confidentiality.


HOW WILL YOU FIND A BUYER FOR MY PROPERTY?

When you consign a work to Sotheby’s for private sale, we will present you with an agreement outlining our exclusive right to offer the work for a specified period of time. Sotheby’s will then begin to discreetly offer your property to individual potential purchasers, one at a time, while keeping you informed of our progress.


HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SELL MY PROPERTY?

We will do our utmost to quickly find a buyer for your property, but the timing may vary depending on market demand for your object.


WHO CAN I CONTACT ABOUT A POTENTIAL SALE OF MY PROPERTY?

Contact the Sotheby’s specialist most relevant for your property. For a full listing of Sotheby’s specialists, view our contacts page. If you are not sure which category to select, or if you have a general enquiry about selling privately, email our Private Sales Department at privatesales@sothebys.com.

Contact

If you are unable to find the information you are seeking, you may call or send us an e-mail.

From the UK: +44 (0) 20 7293 5000

From the US: +1 212 606 7000