Private Sales

Auctioneers conducting private sales was once an almost unthinkable practice in the art and antiques trade. But since around 2000 it become an increasingly notable part of the business, especially for Sotheby’s, Christie’s and other of the world’s leading salerooms.

TEFAF Maastricht 2018

TEFAF Maastricht 2018: Let the sales begin

08 March 2018

TEFAF Maastricht's preview opened today at the MECC with 275 exhibitors showcasing 7000 years of art history.


BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?' uncovers £2m Constable sketch after it “slipped through the fingers” of dealer Philip Mould

20 August 2017

A painting that dealer Philip Mould twice bought and sold more than 15 years ago has been attributed to John Constable in the first episode in the new series of the BBC’s 'Fake or Fortune?'.


Bowman Sculpture sells British work to American university

05 August 2017

London gallery Bowman Sculpture has a sold an Emily Young sculpture to the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, US.


Thousands of Titanic artefacts to be sold after owner goes bankrupt

04 July 2017

A court in the US will decide the fate of more than 5500 Titanic artefacts after the company that owns them filed for bankruptcy.

Miety Heiden of Phillips

Phillips appoint Miety Heiden to head up private sales operation

15 March 2017

Continuing the run of ex-Sotheby’s and Christie’s staff joining Phillips, Miety Heiden has been appointed as deputy chairman and head of private sales.


Private deals are thriving in times of tension

11 March 2017

Latest TEFAF market report says uncertainty drives confidentiality

Helen Carless and Lady Carnarvon

Auctioneers negotiate private sale of ‘Downton Abbey’ photographs

27 February 2017

A photo album giving a glimpse of late 19th century life in one of Britain’s most distinguished country seats is heading back home.

Gustav Klimt Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II

Oprah Winfrey sells $150m Klimt portrait to Chinese buyer

10 February 2017

Oprah Winfrey has been revealed as the buyer of Gustav Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II from Christie’s in 2006 after reports emerged that she sold the painting last year for a $63m profit.

Largest private art sale ever at $600m

12 May 2008

One collection that Sotheby's and Christie's will not be selling this season is that of Ileana Sonnabend. In what has been described as the largest private sale of art ever, the heirs of the legendary New York dealer who died in October 2007 have recently parted with some $600m worth of paintings and sculptures (including Jeff Koons’ 1986 Rabbit valued at $80m) to cover their estate taxes.

Private treaty sale beats auction record for violin

03 March 2008

Sotheby’s have announced the private treaty sale of a Guarneri del Gesu violin to the Russian businessman and collector, Maxim Viktorov.