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How to Sell Your American Folk Art with Sotheby's

Get Started with an Estimate

Get Started with an Estimate
Register or log in to your Sothebys.com account to request an estimate of your American folk art. Complimentary estimates are provided for each carved figure, painting, weathervane, needlework or other piece that meets our minimum consignment value ($5,000 in New York, £3,000 in London and HK$40,000 in Hong Kong).

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Folk Art Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to sell my American folk art?
    Sotheby's Americana sales are held every year in January to coincide with New York's Americana Week. During this time, collectors, academics, museum curators and new buyers come together in New York to attend the Winter Antique Show and purchase American antiques and folk art. Americana Week at Sotheby's also includes the folk art category and the important sales of carvings, whirligigs, rocking horses and other classic examples of highly collectible folk art.
  • What are the best-selling types of American folk art?
    Because this category is quite diverse, many types of folk art and outsider art are always in demand. Sotheby’s top-selling folk art pieces in recent years include a rare garden elk sculpture by J.W. Fiske that sold for 225,000 USD, an 1880 oil painting by Berks County artist John Rasmussen that garnered 516,500 USD, and a carved, painted figure by Samuel Anderson Robb that commanded 550,000 USD.
  • How do I ship my folk art to Sotheby's?
    Once our specialists have provided you with an auction estimate and a sale recommendation, they will be able to provide shipping quotes and logistical support. Sotheby’s works with the top white-glove shipping companies across the globe who will be able to safely package and transport even the most fragile carved figures or weathervanes.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell folk art such as an American carving, mirror, sculpture, painting, portrait, picture, watercolor, fraktur, carpet, rug, rocker, rocking chair, chair, chest, desk, shelf, andirons, table, box, basket, cradle, figurine, figure, cigarette statue, carousel horses and other animals, sconce, light, lamp, candlestick, quilt, coverlet, needlepoint, needlework, sampler, clock, plate, bowl, cup, mug, pitcher, stoneware, tray, weathervane, whirligig, rocking horse, sign, chalkware, outsider art and other folk art by artisans such as Bill Traylor, Samuel Anderson Robb, Charles I.D. Looff, J.W. Fiske, Ammi Phillips, John Rasmussen and J.L. Mott Ironworks.

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