HOW TO SELL  ART

HOW TO REQUEST A VALUATION

1. Share the artwork details

Complete the form on the right with as much detail as possible.

 


 

2. Upload artwork images

Upload images of the artwork, include the signature/marks and the back, if necessary.

 


 

3. Submit

Once complete, submit your valuation request and one of our specialists will be in touch within two weeks.

 


 

Or contact our specialists directly

VALUATION FORM

Please note that we cannot accept consignments for artists who have no secondary market history.

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Leading Specialists

in Modern & Contemporary Art

 


 

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FAQ'S FOR SELLING WITH ASPIRE

Aspire provides complimentary valuations in the form of auction estimates for artworks which are suitable for sale with us. Getting a complimentary auction estimate from one of our specialists is the first step in the sale process.

  • Submit clear colour photographs of your artwork(s) through our online request form
  • Provide additional information such as dimensions, materials and history
  • An Aspire specialist will contact you to discuss your artwork(s), estimate(s), advise on sale dates and details, and explain your Seller’s Agreement and commission structure

 

Please kindly note:

  • All estimates are provisional and subject to revision based on physical inspection
  • Please allow 2–3 weeks for a response
  • Regrettably, we do not provide auction estimates or sale information for artworks that are of a type or value that are typically not sold in Aspire auctions
  • Once we have determined that your artwork is appropriate for auction, our specialists will discuss the location, sale date, and details with you to ensure maximum interest and competitive bidding

Aspire conducts live and timed-online auctions and exhibitions in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Paris throughout the year.

A specialist will discuss with you the most appropriate timing and location to ensure the successful sale of your property. 

If you prefer not to sell your property at auction, we also offer private sales of works.

Our consignment agreement sets out the terms and conditions by which your property will be offered for sale. Our specialists will recommend an estimate range and a reserve (minimum) price for your property.

Once you have signed your Seller’s Agreement, you should arrange for your artwork(s) to be delivered to us. Aspire can assist with this, or we can put you in contact with trusted local shippers.

Our specialists will coordinate every detail, from cataloguing, research and photography of your property, to presentation and marketing to prospective buyers worldwide.

Consignments for auctions close approximately 6 weeks prior to the auction date.

Before you sell your property with Aspire, you will need to sign a Seller’s Agreement.

This is the contract that confirms the consignment details, our services, outlines the fee structure and the terms and conditions of sale between you and Aspire.

Aspire charges a single Seller’s Commission rate for the services we provide, and VAT is charged on the commission only.

The commission is calculated on each item as a fixed percentage based on the eventual hammer price at auction. This rate includes research, cataloguing, photography, marketing costs and insurance cover. The full amount due to a seller is the price of the work at the fall of the hammer (hammer price), less the commission rate and VAT.

External services such as shipping, restoration and framing, will be for your account, but these will be discussed and agreed with you beforehand. VAT (value-added tax) or applicable duties or taxes may be due on such fees based on the service provider and jurisdiction of the auction.

Aspire will propose a low and high estimate range for each artwork, to be agreed with you. Pre-sale estimates are based on precedent and previous sale records for comparable works by the same artist. Auction estimates are in-line with prices previously achieved on the secondary (auction) market for similar and comparable artworks. Auction estimate are not based on primary (gallery) market or retail pricing.

The auction estimate is published in the auction catalogue and will be publicly available to potential buyers.

Aspire will also agree a reserve price with you for each item. The reserve is the minimum amount for which Aspire is permitted to sell a consigned lot – this is a confidential figure agreed between Aspire and the seller, and guarantees you of a minimum amount. This will be an amount, agreed by both parties – the seller and Aspire – below which we will not sell your item during the auction. This amount must be equal to, or lower than the low estimate, and will not be published. The reserve cannot be higher than the low estimate.

Once your consignment has been agreed to by our team of specialists, you will need to get your artwork to our offices in either Johannesburg or Cape Town.

Aspire can assist you with your logistics arrangements should you require them – including packing, crating and shipping – to get your artwork(s) to our salerooms.

Alternatively, you may use your own shipper.

Don’t miss the excitement of sale day – you can watch and participate in the auction in person, or follow online via our website. 

For every artwork consigned, Aspire charges a Seller’s Commission and sale-related expenses which typically include insurance, transport (when using our shipping partners), any restoration costs and framing.

Our specialists will discuss these charges with you at the time of consignment.

After the auction, Aspire will notify the seller as to the status of each item offered for sale. Provided payment has been received from the buyer, we will pay net sale proceeds (the hammer price less the Seller’s Commission and sale-related expenses) to the seller approximately 30 calendar days after the auction. In the unlikely event that your property does not sell, we will be in touch to discuss next steps.

Alternatively, Aspire can help broker a private sale, avoiding the restrictions of the auction calendar. Our specialists will work discreetly and one-on-one with you to offer advice on private sale strategies to help you shape your collection.

You will receive a notification in the form of a Post-Sale Advice informing you of the price that your artwork(s) achieved at auction. We will confirm your net proceeds of sale based on the hammer price, with any agreed-upon expenses and commission deducted. Please note that prices listed on our website display the hammer price inclusive of the Buyer’s Premium.

Aspire will act on your behalf to secure payment from the buyer. Provided we have received payment in full, approximately 30 days after the auction, your payment will be sent to your nominated account, and you will receive a settlement statement for the sale.

If a buyer was not found for your artwork(s), Aspire will contact you to discuss your options – either re-offering at a reduced estimate or collecting your property. In some circumstances, we can recommend an alternative auction house.


 

WHY SELL YOUR ART WITH ASPIRE

Highly regarded for its innovative and intelligent approach, Aspire assists collectors in selling and buying the finest art produced on the African continent.

We have a growing track record in achieving record-breaking results within its specialist fields of Modern and Contemporary South African and African Art.

 

Our knowledgeable specialists can review a single item or an entire collection.

 

If you're wondering how to sell art, our team can assist you every step of the way.

INDUSTRY-LEADING ART MARKET EXPERIENCE

Our specialists have extensive experience in all levels of the art market and provide Art Advisory & Consulting services to our clients. We consistently achieve some of the best results for our sellers in our live and timed-online auctions.


END-TO-END SERVICE

Our exceptional specialist team will guide you through the entire auction process from consigning to selling and after-sales.


WORLD-WIDE MARKETING AND PUBLICITY

We handle all artworks with respect, while ensuring they are presented to a diverse range of prospective buyers globally. We produce far-reaching marketing and publicity strategies specific to your artworks. Our sales are advertised to the most appropriate groups of collectors of South African and African art locally and internationally, ensuring every endeavour is made to achieve the best possible results for your art.


DIVERSE SELLING PLATFORMS

We are conduct live auctions, timed-online auctions and private sales, giving you the flexibility to sell your art on a platform that suits your needs.

New World Auction Records For 2020/21

Edoardo Villa
Traverse, 1957. SOLD FOR R4,893,400 in 2020, Johannesburg.

Godwin Champs Namuyinda
Dreamers, 2019. SOLD FOR €78,000 in 2021, Paris.

Alioune Diagne
Urban dancers (collection Réflexion), 2017. SOLD FOR €45,500 in 2021, Paris.

Ernest Cole
House of Bondage (portfolio), 1967. SOLD FOR R569,000 in 2020, Johannesburg.

David Goldblatt
A miner waits on the bank to go underground, City Deep Gold Mine (single photograph), 1996. SOLD FOR €32,500 in 2020, Paris.

Misheck Masamwu
Natural Selection, 2017. SOLD FOR €24,390 in 2021, Paris.

Ayanda Mabulu
Nontsundu, 2018. SOLD FOR €23,035 in 2021, Paris.

Kudzanai Chiurai
Untitled VIII (Auto and the Workers Movement), 2018. SOLD FOR €22,100 in 2020, Paris.

Lisa Brice
Adult Show, 1992. SOLD FOR R364,160 in 2020, Cape Town.

Gerhard Marx
Untitled (Vertical Figure). SOLD FOR R364,160 in 2020, Cape Town.

Mary Sibande
A Terrible Beauty is Born, 2013. SOLD FOR R341,400 in 2020, Cape Town.

Gareth Nyandoro
Tauya Nadzo Tsoka Dzenyu (Brand New Second Hand Nikes), 2016. SOLD FOR R284,500 in 2020, Cape Town.

Turiya Magadlela
Walking Spirits IV, V and VI, triptych (from the Inequalities series), 2018/2019. SOLD FOR €20,325 in 2021, Paris

Top 5 New South African Records For 2020/21

Through our pioneering spirit, we have introduced some of the most in-demand African artists to the local and European markets, and we confidently debut renowned international artists in South Africa, in addition to bringing the next generation of artists to auction.

Isaac Julien
Chameleon (Ten Thousand Waves). SOLD FOR R682,800 in 2021, Cape Town.
(Second highest price at auction globally)

Chéri Samba
Retour au Bercail, 1995. SOLD FOR R432,440 in 2020, Cape Town

Frances Goodman
Satiated. SOLD FOR R250,360 in 2020, Cape Town.

Uche Okeke
Oja suite. SOLD FOR R227,600 in 2020, Cape Town.

Zemba Luzamba
New Generation 3, 2019. SOLD FOR R204,840 in 2020, Cape Town.

Top Contemporary Art Records

Through our pioneering spirit, we have introduced some of the most in-demand African artists to the local and European markets, and we confidently debut renowned international artists in South Africa, in addition to bringing the next generation of artists to auction.

Marlene Dumas
Love Lost, 1973/74. SOLD FOR R7,283,200 in 2019, Cape Town.
(South African Auction Record)

William Kentridge
Drawing from Stereoscope (Double page, Soho in two rooms), 1999. SOLD FOR R6,600,400 in 2018, Johannesburg.
(South African Auction Record)

Angus Taylor
Sit en Staan, 2008. SOLD FOR R2,128,000 in 2018, Johannesburg.
(World Auction Record)

Marina Abramović
Golden Mask, 2009. SOLD FOR R1,477,840 in 2017, Johannesburg.
(South African Auction Record)

Dumile Feni
Children under Apartheid, 1987. SOLD FOR R1,250,480 in 2017, Johannesburg
(World Auction Record for a drawing)

Georgina Gratrix
I Love You all the Time. SOLD FOR R591,760 in 2018, Johannesburg.
(World Auction Record)

Simphiwe Ndzube,
Sarah and some Gentlemen, 2014. SOLD FOR R512,100 in 2019, Cape Town.
(World Auction Record)

Moshekwa Langa
The cyclone that never abates. SOLD FOR R455,200 in 2019, Cape Town
(World Auction Record)

David Goldblatt
The last of the bigger rocks has just been dropped into a kibble. 1969 – 1970. SOLD FOR R432,440 in 2019, Johannesburg
(South African Auction Record)