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Private Sales

S otheby’s Private Sales works discreetly and seamlessly with buyers and sellers of world-class works of art throughout the year, independent of the auction calendar. Whether you are seeking a specific artwork for your growing collection or wish to sell, our global team of sale directors is ready to source, sell, advise and research on your behalf. We conduct private sales in a range of categories including fine art, jewelry, watches, books, wine, automobiles and more, across all price points. Unlike auction prices which are subject to demand, in private sales prices are fixed, clear and always mutually agreed upon between both parties.

Our team brings decades of expertise and passion to each interaction, backed by unrivaled knowledge of both art history and the dynamic market. For 276 years Sotheby’s has helped passionate collectors acquire and sell the world’s greatest masterpieces. Depending on your category of interest, please contact a sale director today to learn more about our current offerings, discuss a work or artist you would like to pursue, or to find out how we can assist you with your collecting needs.

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An avid collector throughout his decades-long career in finance, David Schrader joined Sotheby's as Head of Private Sales in order to combine his passion for art with his ability to guide clients through sensitive business matters. We sat down with David to learn more about this vibrant part of Sotheby's business and why the world's most savvy collectors often choose private sales for their most immediate needs.
How David DeLucia Built a Chess Collection Unlike Any Other
To David DeLucia, chess is not just a game, it’s a sport – and collecting is not only a pastime, it’s a passion. Over the past 35 years, DeLucia has built an incredible library of chess books, manuscripts, documents and ephemera that’s unlike any other collection in the world, either publicly or privately. Included are rare objects, including first editions of foundational chess books dating to the 15th-century, in addition to historically significant primary source documents and ephemera from great chess masters. In building his collection, DeLucia discovered more about his own love of chess and learned that collecting is about the thrill of the hunt. Join DeLucia in a tour of his magnificent library and learn more about the thrill of collecting.
We sat down with Charlie to discuss her love of art, favorite museums in Dallas and the thrill of sourcing the perfect object for clients.
Our gift selections bring pomp and circumstance to the class of 2021
¶On View at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre 16 - 21 April
A collection of photographs by Mapplethorpe are now available on Sotheby’s Buy Now
With versatile experience working across Sotheby's, Private Sales Director David Rothschild helps collectors looking for the best in contemporary art.
In the mid-1980s, Andy Warhol’s public interest in death and mortality collided with his private Catholic faith. In this episode of Expert Voices, learn how his scrapbook of old adverts and illustrations inspired a series of monochrome works called Ads, Myths and Illustrations and discover the story behind works such as ‘Repent and Sin No More! (Negative)’, which is available for immediate purchase through Sotheby’s Private Sales where you will also find a number of other works by the artist. Click here to watch more Sotheby’s videos.

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