Private Treaty sales are sometimes recommended as the most favorable way to market a particular select item. While the competitive setting of a public auction is usually the best marketing venue, on rare occasions we may suggest a private treaty sale as a more viable option.

The opportunity for a sale by private treaty normally arises when an object is best suited for a specific museum or institution, or for an unusually motivated collector. Additionally, a seller’s personal circumstance may necessitate a quick sale or the judiciousness of a private sale.

Our expert knowledge of objects within our specialty fields and close contacts with top institutions, collectors, and dealers in those fields, provides us the unique ability to match a select object with an appropriate buyer. 

We have executed private treaty sales to various private collectors along with the following institutions

Private treaty sales are always handled with total confidentiality and transparency. Commission charges vary depending on the value of the object and the complexity of the sale.