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How to Sell Your American Painting with Sotheby's

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Wonder how much your American painting or illustration might be worth and how to sell it? Simply follow the steps below and Sotheby's will recommend the best approach for selling your item.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to sell my American painting?
    Exceptional American paintings are in demand throughout the year. Norman Rockwell, Milton Avery and N.C. Wyeth led the $43.3 million Sotheby’s American Art sale on 23 May. All twelve Rockwell works offered in the sale found buyers, with Rockwell’s Blacksmith’s Boy – Heel and Toe leading the sale with an exceptional result of $8.1 million. N.C. Wyeth's Portrait of a Farmer set a world record, fetching nearly $6 million. The auction saw nine paintings exceed the million-dollar mark. There is no better time to consign a painting with Sotheby’s.
  • When does Sotheby's sell American art?
    Sotheby's major American Art sales are held in May and November in New York. Mid-season sales of more moderately valued works take place in February and September, while online sales and private sales are conducted throughout the year.

    This Spring, Sotheby’s is delighted to present a special section of our American Art Auction entitled Tell Me A Story: The Art of American Illustration. We are currently seeking American Illustration consignments to round out a compelling survey of this distinctly American genre. Consign with us now to be included in our upcoming sale.
  • Which American artists does Sotheby's include in their auctions?
    Sotheby's sells the work of American artists from the late 18th century until the present day. If you are interested in more information about American Folk artists, please click here . Sotheby's also sells the work of many contemporary American artists and more information can be found here . Artists that feature frequently in American Art auctions include Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, John Sloan, John Singer Sargent, Norman Rockwell, Frederic Remington, Grandma Moses, Childe Hassam, Milton Avery, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O'Keeffe and Edward Hopper.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy American art or sell an American painting such as a landscape, portrait, still life, Western scene, abstract or American sculpture by Milton Avery, Norman Rockwell, Gilbert Stuart, Andrew Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt, Maxfield Parrish, George Bellows, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, John Singer Sargent, Frederic Edwin Church, Elie Nadelman, Frederic Remington, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood or Maurice Brazil Predendergast. Important works by American Impressionists, Ashcan School artists, Hudson River School artists, and modernists are always in favor with American art collectors.