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.
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Selected Global logistics partners
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.
Marketing or targeted offer
Nicholas Hall has sold to museums including
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.
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.