Private Treaty Sales Overview

Private treaty sales are essentially negotiated sales between the seller and interested parties, with no expressed deadline but a desire for an optimum price realisation and executed sale without the help of an auction.

The most common example of a private treaty sale is a property agency sales process, where multiple interested parties are canvassed for their interest and price preference in order to strike a satisfactory balance between best price and effective closure of sale.

In the auction industry, private treaty sales are also used for assets as wide ranging as properties to niche luxury assets which require greater lead time of marketing and a wider sales window, most often to engage an international market of buyers.

In recent times, our John Pye Luxury Assets and John Pye Property departments have managed private treaty sales of premium propety as well as for a quartet of Formula One Grand Prix cars.

Private treaty sales offer both the vendor, buyer and agent longer time periods during which to qualify more technical niche asset details and their provenance, for which an auction may not be a sufficient time window to do so and thus may have an adverse effect on the asset’s realisation and true value.


Private Treaty Sales Departments and Contacts

Business Assets

John Pye Business Assets department is the company's longest established department, having provided client services to Turnaround, Restructuring, Insolvency and Industry sectors for over 25 years. The Bu...

Luxury Assets

Launched in 2014 John Pye Luxury Assets is the fifth trading division of John Pye Auctions, specialising in the sale of: Luxury Watches Modern and Antique Jewellery Precious and Semi-Precious Gems...


John Pye Property was established to service a growing market need for owners and agents to reach end user property purchasers through a wider and more transparent gateway to market. John Pye Property is ...

Retail Goods

John Pye Auctions clients are big names in big industries; requiring robust dependable and wide ranging one-stop-shop auction services to support heavy reverse logistics supply chains. John Pye Auction Re...


John Pye Auctions Vehicles department has grown substantially since 2011 to now sell over 27,000 vehicles per annum across more than 22 UK sites. These vehicles range from seized vehicles - cars, motorbik...

Private Treaty Sales Case Studies

Marussia Formula 1 Cars

John Pye Luxury Assets presented a unique opportunity to acquire a quartet of Formula One World Championship Grand Prix Grid Cars in 2016. The four cars - one of which was the most modern F1 car to be mad...

Boeing 737 Flight Simulator

John Pye Auctions were instructed to sell a 2012 Boeing 737 NG Flight Simulator by BDO accountants, managing a corporate administration. The flight simulator was housed in an entertainments centre in Nott...

Champion Laboratories

The John Pye Business Assets department was instructed to assist Administrators RSM with undertaking a valuation of the filter manufacturing and packaging lines at Champion Laboratories (Europe) Ltd; a forme...

Tresori Luxury Phone Case

John Pye Luxury Assets department in Old Bond Street, Mayfair, was instructed by an international mobile phone company to market and sell one of the World's most expensive luxury mobile phone cases. The ...

The Siberian Hover Barge

The Siberian 200 tonne payload hover barge was designed as a support vessel for oil exploration in the artic, comprising high grade steel to withstand freezing temperatures of -40 degrees centigrade. It w...

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