How to Sell Your Chinese Antiques with Sotheby's

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Our specialists will be in traveling in the upcoming months, please contact us to arrange a free and confidential valuation.

Talk to a Chinese Art Specialist

Talk to a Chinese Art Specialist

Our Chinese Works of Art specialists are located in New York, Hong Kong, London, and Paris. Schedule an appointment or inquire about an estimate by calling your closest Sotheby’s office.

NEW YORK: +1 212 710 1379
HONG KONG: +852 5803 3893
LONDON: +44 20 3936 0993
PARIS: +33 1 85 14 97 61
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When is the best time to sell my Chinese antique?
    Throughout the year, fine Chinese art and antiquities are continually in demand by collectors and connoisseurs. With sales happening year-round, Sotheby's is always available to help you sell your Chinese antique. Submit your object for a complimentary estimate valuation of your vase, bronze, lacquer or other object.
  • How much is my Chinese antique worth?
    Sotheby's has sold some of the rarest Chinese antiques for record-breaking prices and our international team of specialists has decades of experience in valuing and selling the finest vases, bronzes, statues and other Chinese objects. Our specialists take many variables into account when determining the estimate for your Chinese antique, including provenance, condition, rarity and quality.
  • Does Sotheby's sell Chinese paintings as well as Chinese antiques?
    Yes. Sotheby's sells classical and modern Chinese paintings as well.
  • What are the top Chinese Works of Art sold by Sotheby’s in 2021?
    Sotheby’s sold the most expensive Chinese Work of Art so far this year, an outstanding imperial inscribed white jade ‘Ji’entang’ seal from the Qing dynasty, Qianlong period which fetched $18.8 million USD in the Hong Kong spring sales – the highest price ever achieved for any imperial jade seal, and for any white jade object ever sold at auction. In New York, an extremely important Gui vessel documenting a pivotal military campaign by the last king of the Shang dynasty, sold for over 9 times its presale estimate to realize $5.4 million USD. A Ming dynasty, Yongle period blue and white ‘floral’ bowl, previously bought at a Connecticut yard sale for $35 sold for $721,800 USD in New York, attracted international media attention. In London, two magnificent Tang dynasty pottery figures, a Bactrian camel and a caparisoned horse, combined to sell for over $1.5 million USD in our May 2021 Chinese Art auction, over 6 times their presale estimates.