Find Out How Sotheby’s Determines the Value of Art


If you’ve ever wondered what makes art valuable, Sotheby’s specialists are here to explain the ten core criteria that are considered for all items that pass through their doors, from paintings to sculpture, jewelry and even wine.

Each short video addresses one specific criteria, including authenticity, condition, rarity, provenance, historical importance, size, fashion, subject matter, medium and quality.

Check out the series below to get an idea of how certain items are estimated to be worth millions (and sold for as much) while others are deemed worthless.