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Selling Gold Boxes and Vertu with Sotheby's

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Get Started with an Estimate
Register or log in to your Sothebys.com account to request an estimate of your gold boxes and vertu. Complimentary estimates are provided for each 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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Gold Boxes and Vertu Consigned with Sotheby's

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How can I sell my antique gold box?
    The first step in selling a gold snuff box is to determine its value. Sotheby's can help by providing you with a complimentary auction estimate when you submit photographs and information about your gold box online. After considering its rarity, condition, provenance and current market demand, our specialists can recommend an appropriate live or online sale to help you realise the highest price.
  • What is Sotheby's fee to appraise my antique gold box or object of vertu?
    Our auction estimate valuations are complimentary. At no charge, our specialists review submissions and provide valuations for any antique snuffboxes, pillboxes, or other objects of vertu we believe we can sell at a live auction or online sale. If your object is not an appropriate fit for a Sotheby's auction, we will do our best to recommend an alternate sales venue.
  • How much is my antique gold snuff box or vertu worth?
    The most valuable and rare gold boxes are typically those linked to a royal family. Since most royal gold boxes reside in museums and private collections, these types of gold boxes are exceedingly rare. Antique gold boxes marked by a recognized goldsmith or jeweler are always favored by collectors and connoisseurs. Your collectible gold box might be decorated with a miniature painting, micromosaic, fine enamel work or diamonds and other gemstones. Sotheby's specialists can identify authentic markings on your gold box, so please be sure that your submission includes detailed photos of any engravings, marks, or signatures.
  • Why should I sell my box through an auction rather than to a dealer?
    Sotheby’s auctions are followed by an international audience that includes top galleries, dealers and private collectors. When you sell your object of vertu in a Sotheby’s auction, you gain exposure to a large and competitive group of global buyers who compete against one another to purchase your fine gold or silver box for the highest price.

More information on how to sell with Sotheby's

Sotheby’s is your best resource to buy and sell antique gold boxes, necessaires, pill boxes, cigarette cases, etuis, and vertu. Whether you have a gem-encrusted gold box, a box with a micromosaic, or a carved hardstone snuff box, Sotheby's can help you sell it. We offer boxes from Europe, Spain, France, England, Italy, Germany and other countries made of gold, silver, enamel, micromosaics, hardstone, painted decoration, shell, mother-of-pearl, or other rare materials.

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