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How to Sell Symbolist Paintings with Sotheby's

Discover the Value of Your Symbolist Painting

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1. Request an estimate online
2. Meet with a specialist in person in your nearest city

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Wonder how much your Symbolist painting 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

  • Does Sotheby's organize auctions dedicated to Symbolist art?
    Sotheby's offers Symbolist paintings throughout the year in many different auctions. Paintings by Odilon Redon, Paul Gauguin, James Ensor, and Edvard Munch are often included in our Impressionist and Modern Art auctions. Works by Pierre Puvis de Chavannes and Gustave Moureau are typically included in our 19th Century European Art auctions, while still other artists, such as Edward Burne-Jones are offered in our Victorian Art auctions. Prints by Gustave Moureau or Edvard Munch are sold in our Prints & Multiples auctions. When you submit images of your painting to our specialists, they will discuss with you which auction is the best fit for your artwork.
  • Are Symbolist paintings popular among buyers?
    Discerning collectors and enthusiasts buy and sell Symbolist paintings and drawings because this fascinating art movement conveyed abstract notions through everyday objects and words. Rejecting conventions of the natural world and seeking escape from civilization, late 19th-century Symbolism themes typically focused less on realism and more on feelings and emotions within mystical themes such as dreams, the occult, magic, evil and death.

    The top collectors in the world come to Sotheby's to acquire and sell artworks for their collections. When you sell with Sotheby's, you can be sure that our specialists will market your Symbolist painting to an engaged, global audience to help you realize the highest sale price.
  • How do I ship my Symbolist painting to Sotheby's for sale?
    Once our specialists have provided you with an auction 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.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to sell a Symbolist painting by Gaston Bussière, Sigmund Walter Hampel, William DeGouve de Nuncques, James Ensor, Edvard Munch, Gustav Klimt, Odilon Redon, Paul Gauguin, Gustave Moreau, Puvis de Chavannes, Arnold Bocklin, Eugene Carriere, Edward Burne-Jones, Ferdinand Hodler, Jan Toorop, Fernand Khnopff or other highly collectible Symbolist painters.

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