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Selling Antique Silver with Sotheby's

Get Started with a Silver Estimate

Get Started with a Silver Estimate
Register or log in to your Sothebys.com account to request an estimate of your antique silver. Complimentary estimates are provided for each Georgian, American, Chinese Export, European or other silver 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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Silver Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I sell my silver teapot, flatware and plates online?
    The first step to sell your silver is determining its value. Sotheby's can assist by providing you with a free auction estimate when you submit photographs and information about your antique silver online. After considering its rarity, condition, provenance and current market demand, our specialists can recommend an appropriate sale to help you achieve the highest price at auction.
  • What are silver hallmarks and how do I identify them?
    Pieces of antique silver often have hallmarks or stamps indicating the purity of the silver, location of manufacture, date and maker. In England, hallmarks can be easily identified as far back as the late 16th century, but many other countries or individual manufacturers have used hallmarks as a form of consumer protection throughout history. Sotheby's specialists can identify authentic hallmarks on your silver, so please be sure that your submission includes detailed photos of any marks.
  • How do I ship my silver to be sold at Sotheby's?
    All objects sold in our live or online auctions are safely secured at Sotheby's during the consignment period while our specialists catalogue the objects and as collectors and buyers inspect their prospective purchases. Once our specialists have provided you with an auction estimate and a sale recommendation for your antique silver, they will provide shipping quotes and logistical support. Sotheby’s works with white-glove shipping companies across the globe which can safely package and ship even the most precious pieces of antique silver.
  • How much does a Sotheby's appraisal of my antique silver cost?
    Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary and do not cost you anything. We review all submissions and provide valuations for silver we believe we can sell at auction. We will inform you if your silver is not a good fit for a Sotheby's auction, and we will do our best to provide you with a recommendation of another venue to sell your antique silver.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell antique silver such as an English, Georgian, French, German, Italian, Spanish Colonial, Judaica, Chinese Export, or American punch bowl, candelabra, teapot, tea set, coffee pot, centerpiece, bowl, tray, tureen, wine cooler, goblet, cup, plate, dish, tankard, urn, trophy, box, casket, ewer, epergne, gravy boat, sauce boat, ladle, salver, flatware, silverware or pitcher by makers such as Joseph Heinrich, Charles Sermensan, Georg Jensen, Gorham, Tiffany, Garrard, Rundell, Bridge & Rundell, Benjamin Smith, Paul de Lamerie, Hunt & Roskell, Elkington, Puiforcat, Odiot, Buccellati and Paul Storr.

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