Museum Services


Throughout the celebrated history of Sotheby’s, we have been privileged to work with a host of the world’s great museums and remain steadfastly committed to the growth and success of museum collections. From large museums to small influential houses, Sotheby’s offers institutions a variety of services internationally, including:


Sotheby’s sells museum property at every level, consistently providing strong results on behalf of our museum sellers.

Private Sales

Sotheby’s can help privately source and sell works of art for your collection providing time flexibility and discretion for your institution.

Buying at Auction

We can help identify upcoming auction items on your museum’s wish list and discuss creative solutions for purchasing at auction,


We can often provide appraisals for your institution for the purposes of insurance, fair market value, donation, indemnity and auction estimates.


We would be pleased to discuss potential cultivation ideas – including providing panelists, charity auctioneers and mock auctions – as well as to host museum groups in our selling locations around the world.

Catalogue Subscriptions

We will gladly provide your museum with gratis copies of our auction catalogues.

Please contact us to discuss opportunities for your institution

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