Collecting guide

How to sell

Why sell art at Nicholas Hall?

In an increasingly international market, pushed by the digitization of market information and resources, we are attuned to new ways of reaching a new global audience while remaining focused and discrete. We combine the expertise accumulated over the past four decades with a fresh outlook and personalized approach to presenting the works for sale. Over the years we have had the privilege to work with numerous prominent public and private collections worldwide, which has taught us to embrace the vastly different mindsets to art collecting.

Nicholas Hall presenting ‘Visiones’ by Francisco Goya in an alternative viewing position
How to sell art at Nicholas Hall

A step-by-step guide to selling privately


Request a valuation for your artwork

The starting point of selling is to get an appraisal of your work. You may wish to discuss the details over phone or send us your enquiry through email. A good image of the work, as well as the basic cataloguing information (artist, title, medium, dimension) and provenance can get us started. If you have questions about attribution or would like to receive an updated scholarly opinion on a work, we can assist by connecting you with current leading scholars and experts as a complimentary service. If you have other information that might facilitate the valuation, feel free to send them along.



Agree on minimum selling price and consign to sell

We will discuss and agree on the minimum selling price, as well as our sales commission, typically ranging from 5% – 20% payable at the time of sale. We are officially authorized to sell the work in question once you enter a consignment agreement with us, which grants us the exclusive right to sell the work for an agreed period of time.


Proofing stage of the production of the exhibition catalogue for ‘Paintings by Carlo Maratti’ in 2017

Transportation and insurance

We partner with some of the leading art transportation experts worldwide to ensure safe and professional handling of your valuable objects. We also seek the best advice for import and export related issues, if applicable. All consigned works will be covered by our insurance from the moment it is collected at your premise to the time it is passed on to the new owner, including the duration of our custody.


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Cataloguing and due diligence

We conduct due diligence on every single work we handle, using archival documents to ascertain authenticity and provenance. Most of the works are researched and catalogued in-house, usually with the consultation of leading scholars in the area of expertise. In some cases, artworks require extensive original research which we commission scholars to conduct.


Installation view of Nicholas Hall’s booth at TEFAF Maastricht, 2020. Courtesy of Nicholas Hall and TEFAF Maastricht

Marketing or targeted offer

We participate in TEFAF Maastricht – the leading art fair for Classical art – in March, and regularly organize one to two exhibitions in our New York space every year. For a selection of exhibitions we produce catalogues (printed and online) with new scholarship. Let us know if you would like to consider exhibiting the artwork in any of our special programs. We may also propose print and / or online advertisements of your specific artwork, should we feel that it could benefit the sale.

Alternatively, we respect the preference that you may have for a more discreet and targeted sale strategy. In that case we will work closely with you and agree how many clients to offer a work to and we will communicate frequently on the progress of any transaction. All dealings of this sort will be strictly private.

Either way, you can trust that it is in our interest to sell for the best fair market price.


Settlement of accounts

After a sale, we will remit the proceeds to you within seven days of receipt of funds. Voilà!


Nicholas Hall has sold to museums including
  • USA_Chicago_The Art Institute of Chicago
  • Qatar_Doha_Qatar Museums
  • Belgium_Bruges_Musea Brugge
  • France_Paris_Centre Georges Pompidou
  • USA_Boston_MFA Boston
  • MFA Houston
  • USA_Dallas_Meadows Museum
  • USA_New Haven_Yale University Art Gallery
  • USA_Cleveland_Cleveland Museum of Art
  • USA_Hanover_Hood Museum of Art
  • USA_Indiana_Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
  • Canada_Ottawa_National Gallery of Canada
  • USA_New York_The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • USA_San Diego_Timken Museum of Art
  • USA_Princeton_Princeton University Art Museum
  • USA_Hartford_Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art
  • USA_Baltimore_Walters Art Museum
  • USA_New York_The Frick Collection
  • United Kingdom_London_The National Gallery
  • USA_Detroit_Detroit Institute of Arts
  • United Kingdom_Edinburgh_National Galleries of Scotland
  • USA_Fort Worth_Kimbell Art Museum
  • USA_New Haven_Yale Center for British Art
  • USA_Los Angeles_J Paul Getty Museum
  • USA_Washington DC_National Gallery of Art
  • USA_Phoenix_Phoenix Art Museum
Giulio Cesare Procaccini, The Ecstasy of the Magdalen, 1616/1620, sold to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. through Nicholas Hall © Yuan Fang 2019

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