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Selling Privately

Through private sales and selling exhibitions, Christie’s connects buyers and sellers of every kind of art work outside of the auction room.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT WHAT MY PROPERTY IS WORTH?

We are happy to evaluate the work you are considering selling privately. For general enquiries about the value of your property, please contact one of our specialist departments. When evaluating a work of art, we typically request clear, color images of the front and back, and a close-up of the signature or maker’s mark, details such as dimensions and materials, any information about the history of the item including when, where and how it was acquired as well as electronic copies of any appraisals, literature related to the item, or certificates of authenticity, if available.

WHAT DOES CHRISTIE’S SELL PRIVATELY?

Christie’s offers private sales year round in all the categories in which we also conduct auctions. These include post-war & contemporary art, Impressionist & modern art, old master paintings, jewelry, furniture & decorative arts, Asian art, and watches.

HOW WILL YOU FIND A BUYER FOR MY PROPERTY?

Our specialists work one-on-one with consignors and buyers. We offer a bespoke service — helping clients to find specific works of art or jewelry through our network of specialists around the world and then negotiating the exchange. Given our many years of experience in this business, we are fortunate to have privileged access to rare and unique works of art and have the relationships with the current owners to broker a sale.

HOW DOES CHRISTIE’S DETERMINE WHETHER A PRIVATE SALE OR AN AUCTION IS THE MOST SUITABLE METHOD FOR SELLING PROPERTY?

After Christie’s specialists examine and appraise your property, they will assess the best method for offering your work and achieving your goals. Our specialists will work with you to develop a personalised sale strategy that will be the most beneficial for your specific needs. This is based on their unique market access and global insights. All private sale enquiries are treated with the utmost privacy and confidentiality.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO SELL MY PROPERTY?

We will enlist our maximum resources to quickly find a buyer for your property, but the timing may vary depending on market demand for your object. As each enquiry is individually addressed, we will recommend on the viability of a private sale and the expected timing.

WHO CAN I CONTACT ABOUT A POTENTIAL SALE OF MY PROPERTY?

Contact the Christie’s specialist most relevant for your property. For a full listing of Christie’s specialists, view our contacts page.