Selling Fine Art Photography
When you are ready to sell fine art photography you have collected or inherited, Sotheby’s can help you realise the highest price. Sotheby's was the first international auction house to offer regular sales of photography, beginning in 1971 in London, 1975 in New York, and 2002 in Paris.
Leading the market today, our fine art photograph auctions include historic salt prints and rare daguerreotypes of the 1840s, as well as cutting-edge, contemporary digital photographs. If you are wondering, “What is the value of my photograph?”, simply submit a description of your photograph or photography collection online for our specialists to review.
Consign now for Sotheby’s Fall Photographs auction in New York. A curated selection of classic photographs by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Edward Weston, Robert Mapplethorpe, Richard Avedon and Irving Penn will be offered alongside Contemporary works by Cindy Sherman, Catherine Opie, Adam Fuss, Ana Mendieta, Hiroshi Sugimoto and many more. In particular demand are works by Man Ray, László Moholy-Nagy, Robert Frank, Helmut Newton, Thomas Struth, Carrie Mae Weems, Wolfgang Tillmans, Philip-Lorca diCorcia and Lucas Samaras.17 Photographs that Achieved Exceptional Results in 2018Launch Slideshow
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Frequently Asked Questions
- When is the best time to sell photography or an entire photography collection?Throughout the year, fine art photographs are continually in demand by collectors and connoisseurs. Sotheby’s is now accepting consignments of photographs for our upcoming sales in New York, London and Paris. Simply submit your photograph for a complimentary auction estimate valuation of your artwork.
- How much is my fine art photography worth?Our specialists, leaders in the field of photography, value each photograph based on factors including provenance, condition, artist and current market demand. Sotheby’s experts provide values for any photograph we believe we can sell at auction, or photographs valued over 5,000 USD, 3,000 GBP or 40,000 HKD.
- How do I sell photography online through Sotheby's?Sotheby's many global sales, in our auction rooms around the world and online, feature fine art photography throughout the year. Once you submit your photo for review by our specialists, you will be presented with the best strategies to sell your photography for the highest price.
- I am a photographer. May I sell my photographs through Sotheby's?As a secondary market, Sotheby's does not sell works directly from artists. If you are interested in selling photography or valuing your property, we recommend contacting galleries for representation.
- How much does Sotheby's charge to appraise fine art photography?Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary and free of charge. Sotheby's does not perform appraisals; however, we do offer auction estimates for items we believe we can sell at auction. We will inform you if your photograph is not a good fit for a Sotheby's auction, and we will do our best to recommend another venue to sell your photo.
- Which famous photographers are featured in Sotheby's auctions?Sotheby's photography auctions include a wide variety of works by daguerreotype photographers, such as Joseph Philibert Girault de Prangey and Albert Southworth, to contemporary photographers, such as Chuck Close and Cindy Sherman. Works by Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Irving Penn, Robert Frank, Peter Beard, Wolfgang Tillmans, Thomas Ruff, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Andreas Gursky, Carrie Mae Weems, Helmut Newton, William Eggleston, William Henry Fox Talbot, Alfred Stieglitz and Candida Hofer typically feature in our auctions and find eager buyers.