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How to Sell 19th Century Paintings with Sotheby's

19th Century Paintings Consigned with Sotheby's

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Get Started with an Estimate

Wonder how much your 19th Century European art 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 19th Century painting?
    Exceptional European paintings are in demand throughout the year. Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings sales in London in July and December highlight the work of artists at the forefront of the Continental European schools. We also hold a dedicated Orientalist sale in London in late April. In New York, Sotheby’s 19th Century European Art auctions coincide with our Impressionist & Modern Art sales in the spring and autumn and our Old Master sales in January. Those auctions showcase the most important works of the period from both Continental and British schools. Our Paris salesroom hosts Tableaux et Dessins Anciens du XIXe Siècle in June, and a specialized sale in October, Regards sur l’Orient. Sales of Swiss Art are held in Zurich in May and November, and online sales happen throughout the year. With so many selling opportunities, there’s no better time to consign a 19th century painting with Sotheby's.
  • Is my painting valuable even if I do not see a signature?
    Sotheby's 19th Century Art specialists have decades of experience in appraising and identifying masterpieces of 19th century art. Even without a signature, Sotheby's specialists can sometimes attribute paintings to artists. Simply submit clear photographs of the front and back of your painting and our specialists will carefully review the painting and can inform you whether or not it is attributable to an artist.
  • How do I ship my painting to Sotheby's for sale?
    Once our specialists have provided you with an estimate, they will help you with the shipping process. We work with the best fine art shippers around the globe to provide you with a seamless, insured and safe shipping experience.