How to Sell Your Chinese Antiques with Sotheby's

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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

Chinese Antiques Consigned with Sotheby's

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 2020?
    The top price of the year so far belongs to the storied Henry Garner Reticulated Vase, a rediscovered Qianlong imperial masterpiece from a remote European house, which holds the record of the most expensive Chinese work of art sold in 2020 by an international auction house, realizing over 70 million HKD (9.1 million USD) in our Hong Kong sale rooms in July. Sotheby’s also holds the record for the second most expensive Chinese work of art sold globally this year, with an exceptionally rare and important gold, silver and glass-embellished bronze vessel, or Fang hu, from the Warring States period sold in our New York sale rooms in September, realizing over three times its pre-sale estimate to achieve 8.3 million USD.