Valuations

Overview

Sotheby’s Valuations Department provides bespoke inventories and appraisals which are recognised around the world by government agencies, financial institutions and international insurance brokers, including Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs in the United Kingdom and the Internal Revenue Service in the United States.

We tailor each valuation around the collector and the collection, working with single items through to large multi-category collections. Our scholarship and expertise in the art market allows us to offer the highest level of service with the strictest policy of confidentiality for private collections, museums, fiduciaries, and corporations.

Although many of our offices are temporarily closed, the Valuations Department remains fully operational at this time. Working remotely, we continue to provide valuations in a digital format. Our team is available to produce draft valuation documents on receipt of detailed information and high-resolution images and provide updated figures for collections previously valued by Sotheby’s. With all our specialist and production teams working remotely, we can initiate the valuation process with in-person inspections to follow once travel restrictions are lifted.

Our comprehensive valuation services, as outlined above, also include:

- Estimates for Sale (Private Treaty and Auction)
- Valuations for Collection Management Purposes
- Valuations for Loan Collateral (depending on jurisdiction)
- Taxation Valuations (Inheritance, Estate, Donation, Gift and Capital Gains Tax)
- Valuations for Family Division
- Valuations for Insurance Purposes

If you wish to sell with Sotheby’s please access our free and easy-to-use online valuation service. You only need to provide some information and upload images from your phone or laptop. Our specialists will review your submission and issue preliminary estimates for items that can be included in our sales. Click here to get started!

To learn more about all our valuation services and how we can assist you, please contact us directly by phone or by email.

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