Contemporary Art Consignment
Are you looking to part with an acquired or inherited piece of contemporary art? Or perhaps you wish to sell a contemporary art collection you have built? If so, now is the time to consign a painting, drawing or sculpture for our Contemporary Art live or online auctions.
Sotheby’s contemporary art specialists are strategically positioned in New York, Los Angeles, London, Hong Kong, Milan and Paris. With their passion, expertise and global reach, they create contemporary art sales that attract the top sellers and buyers from around the world.
In fact, the November 2018 New York Contemporary Art Evening Auction totaled $362 million in sales and three new auction records set for African-American artists. The evening included unprecedented prices paid for both emerging and established contemporary artists such as David Hockney, Jacob Lawrence, Gerhard Richter, Robert Ryman, Richard Diebenkorn, Barkley Hendricks, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others, in a sale that has reshaped how the market regards “blue-chip” art. When you are ready to sell, Sotheby’s can help you sell contemporary art online or in a live auction the highest price.Fresh-to-Market Works by Barkley L. Hendricks and Elizabeth Peyton Highlight Contemporary Art AuctionsLaunch Slideshow
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell my contemporary art?Sotheby's offers contemporary art auctions in New York, Milan, Paris, and London in addition to selling exhibitions and private sales of contemporary paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and installations. With new records being established for artists in almost every auction, there has never been a better time to sell your contemporary art with Sotheby's. Once you submit your contemporary artwork's details online, our specialists can discuss which auction or private sale is the best selling option for your artwork.
- Does Sotheby's sell contemporary art online?Absolutely. Today’s collectors are in search of modern art and contemporary art through live auctions, private sales and online through sothebys.com. When you submit your art online, our specialists will consider it for consignment in both live and online sales.
- Can I sell artwork I have created through Sotheby's?As an auction house, Sotheby's only sells contemporary art that is part of the secondary market. All paintings and sculptures in our auctions have previously sold through galleries, commissions, art fairs, or other primary market sale venues. We suggest contacting a contemporary gallery if you are interested in selling your work.
- What is Sotheby's fee to appraise my contemporary art?Sotheby's does not provide appraisals but rather we offer auction estimate evaluations for items we believe we can sell at auction. Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary. At no charge, our specialists review submissions and provide valuations for any contemporary art we believe we can sell at a live auction or online sale. If your painting is not an appropriate fit for a Sotheby's auction, we will do our best to recommend an alternate resource to sell your artwork.