How to

Sell with us

We understand the different needs of collectors when it comes to selling the art they own. Nicholas Hall combines the expertise accumulated over the past four decades with a fresh outlook and personalized approach to presenting the works for sale, both in-person and digitally. We are constantly exploring new ways of reaching a global audience while remaining focused and discreet. If you have something to sell, we’d love to help.
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A step-by-step guide to selling privately

STEP 01

Begin with a free market appraisal for your art collection

The starting point of selling is to get a valuation of your work. You may wish to discuss the details over phone or send us your enquiry through email, in which case you should expect to hear back from us within seven days. 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.

Should you find it necessary to know the current market value of your art collection and wish to obtain a formal, written market appraisal for reasons such as

  • insurance
  • estate planning
  • using fine art as a financial asset
  • deciding if and when to sell

please be in touch to discuss your specific needs. Nicholas Hall has participated and overseen thousands of appraisals both for private collectors and public institutions. In some cases, for a single artwork; in other cases, an entire collection.

Nicholas Hall during a valuation trip to Italy in the 1980s
STEP 02

Agree on minimum selling price and consign to sell

A large proportion of the works we sell are on consignment. 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
Nicholas Hall presenting ‘Visiones’ by Francisco Goya in an alternative viewing position
STEP 03

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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STEP 04

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.

 

STEP 05

Marketing or targeted offer

Nicholas Hall at TEFAF Maastricht 2020 © Studio Shapiro, Paris
Nicholas Hall has sold to museums including
  • USA_Chicago_The Art Institute of Chicago
  • USA_Los Angeles_J Paul Getty Museum
  • 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
  • AU_Art Gallery NSW
  • 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_Washington DC_National Gallery of Art
  • USA_Phoenix_Phoenix Art Museum

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. Since 2020, we have developed a customized digital offering platform which allows us to present sales proposals with elegance and individualized content that enables us to connect better with global buyers. 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.

STEP 06

Settlement of accounts

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

 

SELECTED NOTABLE SALES

Can’t decide whether, where and when to sell?

We are happy to advise you on how to maximize the value of artworks you may wish to sell. Depending on your priorities you can decide whether to pursue the public or private option.

Very often you can achieve a price higher than an auction estimate selling through us though the time frame may be more extended. Alternatively, we believe that some works will achieve a higher price at public auction and we will counsel you accordingly. We have placed a number of works privately with public and private collections on a commission basis. Indeed, this is our core business.

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