FAQs for Consignors

What’s your commission?
Which artworks does Lougher Contemporary accept on consignment?
How long does it take to receive a valuation?
How do you make a valuation?
Do I need to remove my artwork from its original packaging?
What are your Terms and Conditions?
Will my edition number be kept confidential?
What happens when my artwork goes live?
What happens when my artwork sells?
Who pays for the shipping costs?

It’s completely free to consign with us, and we take a commission at the point of sale depending on the achieved artwork price.

Once you’ve told us about the artwork you’d like to sell, we will agree a sale price with you, clarifying what you’d receive in the event of a sale. That way, you always have transparency over what our buyers are paying and what commission we’re taking.

We specialise in editions by leading contemporary artists and have built up a significant client base in this niche of the market.

Generally, we only accept artworks on consignment with a sale price of £5,000 or more. If your artwork is by a blue-chip artist but sits under the £5,000 threshold, it’s worth telling us – we may still be able to help.

If you are based outside the UK, we will advise whether we can support you with the sale of your artwork.

Once you have submitted your enquiry, our consignments team will be in contact within 3 working days.

Once we have an accurate idea of your artwork’s condition and location, we will discuss pricing with you, using our knowledge of the market and specialist tools to estimate market value.

We will advise you on how best to price your artwork, taking into consideration factors such as condition of the artwork, how keen you are to sell and the current market for that artist’s work.

We know the editions market inside out and we want what’s best for you and your investment, so if it’s not the right time to sell, we’ll tell you.

Transparency over condition is essential for making sales go smoothly. When discussing pricing with you, we will ask for good-quality photographs and videos so that we can verify condition and assess value accurately.

If you are not confident removing an artwork from its packaging, let our consignments team know. We have experienced, in-house art handlers and a large network of fine art logistics partners who may be able to help.

Once we have agreed pricing, we will send you our Terms of Consignment and an Artwork Form summarising the artwork details. Once these are signed and submitted, we will move forward with marketing and making a sale!

We understand that sometimes collectors want a discreet sale. If you have told us that an artwork is sensitive, we will never disclose your edition numbers without your permission and, if necessary, we won’t market the work publicly.

We receive a high number of enquiries via our online platforms and, unless we’ve agreed otherwise, our sales team will pitch out new consignments to targeted clients. If a buyer makes an offer below asking price, we will share this with you, and then it’s up to you how we proceed.

Once you’ve agreed to the sale, we will invoice our buyer. After we have received payment, we will manage the safe transportation of your artwork to its new buyer.

From the point of collection to the point of payment to you, we take full responsibility for the artwork and we have worldwide insurance in place.

Once the buyer has received the artwork safely, we make payment to you.

Typically, we will arrange the packing and shipping for you – the cost is covered by the buyer or by us. We have strong relationships with art logistics specialists and have an experienced in-house team who can condition-check and pack your artwork with confidence.