Getting an Estimate is Easy
Wonder how much your art or object might be worth and how to sell it? Simply follow the steps below and our specialists will review your submission at no cost and provide preliminary estimates for items that can be included in our sales in 5 to 7 business days.
Disclaimer: Preliminary estimates may be subject to change upon inspection of the item
Submit PhotographsTake front and back images of your item
Provide InformationAdd dimensions, history and any documentation
Review and SubmitAll set! Our specialists will review your submission
Why Choose Sotheby's
- We will help you sell your valuable objects with the right strategyIf your item meets our quality standards and minimum consignment value, Sotheby's will provide auction estimates and will recommend the most effective way to sell your property -- whether in one of our live or online-only auctions, as a private sale, on our online marketplace (US only) or, if appropriate, with one of our trusted partners.
- We work directly with consignors to build trusted relationships togetherIn submitting your auction estimate request, you represent that you are the owner of the property that you are inquiring about, that you own the property free and clear of any claims, liens, encumbrances or interests of others and that the property can be offered freely in the international art market. If you are interested in consigning your property to Sotheby's, please be aware that you are responsible for complying with any local export or import laws.
Please also note that Sotheby's does not authenticate objects or artworks submitted, and does not accept liability. Sotheby's gives no representation, warranty or guarantee with respect to an item's origin, provenance, attribution, condition, date, age or authenticity.
Consignment Highlights from Request an Estimate Submissions
Frequently Asked Questions
- How are estimates determined?A Sotheby’s specialist will compare your property to similar items recently sold at auction. We will consider important aspects including the artist or maker, country of origin, date of execution, materials used, dimensions, rarity, subject matter or type, color and apparent condition. Our specialists also have deep knowledge of the current market demand for works within our realm of expertise.
- How long does it take to receive an estimate?Typically, Sotheby’s will answer an initial enquiry within 7 business days. However, we frequently require additional time to research an item or request the opinion of a particular specialist. In such special instances, an enquiry could require several weeks.
- I submitted my request, but why didn’t I receive an estimate?On occasion, if a prospective consignor submits an object valued below Sotheby’s threshold for sale, or if an item is outside our realm of expertise, we might suggest a reputable local auction room or trusted partner. Often, these firms are able to offer a thoughtful valuation according to their specialized markets. Certain brands and price thresholds are not accepted by Sotheby’s. We will inform you if your property falls within these categories.
- Is my auction estimate a final appraisal of value?No, it is not. Please note that all auction estimates are subject to physical examination of the item as well as changes in the art market. Estimates are not formal documents for insurance, taxes or estate valuations and cannot be used as such.
- May I request an estimate if I’m not ready to sell my item?Yes, of course. However, most who request an estimate intend to consign their items with Sotheby’s.
- What are Sotheby’s consignment terms?Each consignment is different and will receive individual attention. Our consignment terms and fees include commission, damage and liability fees as well as marketing costs to appropriately promote your consigned item.
- I am an artist. May I consign my own work?Please do not submit a request. Sotheby’s is not an alternative to gallery representation. Please submit your portfolio to galleries that specialize in promoting living artists.