Selling with Sotheby's

Is my online estimate request free of charge?
All our estimates are complimentary. Please kindly note that Sotheby’s only provides estimates for items that have been identified by our specialists as pot...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:01 PM
How are estimates determined?
To establish market demand, a Sotheby’s specialist will evaluate your property and market demand according to such important aspects as: Artist or maker, co...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:01 PM
How do I sell with Sotheby’s?
Using our online form, share information about your item and upload clear images. If we have a market for your piece at Sotheby’s, our specialists will be i...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:02 PM
What are Sotheby's different sale channels?
Sotheby's offers a range of ways buy. At auction, items are bid on and sold to the highest bidder in a public sale. Private sales are for the discreet ...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:03 PM
May I request an estimate if I’m not ready to sell my item?
Yes, requesting an estimate is only the first step in selling your item.
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:03 PM
How long does it take to receive an estimate?
Sotheby’s will answer an initial enquiry within seven business days. On some occasions, if an item requires additional research, more time will be needed. I...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:04 PM
What happens after I submit my item?
After submitting your item, you will receive a confirmation email containing a unique reference code. If your item is suitable for sale at Sotheby’s, our sp...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:04 PM
Is my estimate a final appraisal of value?
All estimates are subject to physical (or virtual for Buy Now) examination of the item, as well as changes in the art market. Estimates are not formal docum...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:05 PM
What are Sotheby’s consignment terms?
Each consignment is unique and will receive individual attention. Our consignment terms and fees include commission, damage and liability fees as well as ma...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:05 PM
How far in advance of a sale must I submit my item?
If you wish to submit an item into a specific sale, we normally recommend submitting at least 6-8 weeks prior to the sale start date, see calendar here. Bot...
Fri, 7 Jan, 2022 at 2:06 PM