Private Sales

While we usually recommend the competitive setting of public auction, in some cases a private treaty sale is more appropriate. For some objects there may be one particularly appropriate buyer (a particular museum, or an especially motivated collector, for example someone who owns the mate to an object or painting). Sometimes the seller’s situation may also demand a short time frame for the sale, or the discretion of a private sale.

Our knowledge of the market and the collectors, institutions and dealers who drive it allows us to match great objects to appropriate buyers. Only more important objects are considered for private sales (generally $50,000 and up in value). Our commission for private sales varies depending on the value and nature of the artwork(s). If you have important artworks that you wish to sell privately, we welcome your inquiry.