Sotheby's

Sotheby’s have been holding auctions since 1744.  Founded in London, where they moved into salerooms on Bond Street in 1917, Sotheby’s expanded to New York in 1955 and now have salerooms and offices around the world.

Sotheby’s offer specialist sales in over 70 different categories though four major salerooms, six smaller ones and through their online bidding platform BIDnow.


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Gods and goddesses in bronze offered at Sotheby's

07 June 2021

Sotheby’s Paris sale of Old Masters on June 15 offers a selection of paintings and sculpture spanning the Middle Ages through to the 19th century.

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Obituary: literature and history specialist Peter Selley

07 June 2021

Peter Selley, senior director and senior specialist in English literature and history at Sotheby’s in London, died on April 28.

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Museum hopes to buy Brontë manuscripts at Sotheby’s

31 May 2021

The Brontë museum hopes to raise funds to buy rare manuscripts from a rediscovered library collection coming up for sale at Sotheby’s.

Alex Branczik

New appointments at Sotheby’s Asia among the latest industry updates

25 May 2021

A reorganisation for Sotheby’s Asia, a new shop and new books are among the latest updates across the art and antiques sector.

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An Americana extravaganza

24 May 2021

Early Declaration of Independence leads a line-up celebrating key historical events stateside

Sotheby's New York

Flagship Modern and Contemporary art auctions return to form in New York

17 May 2021

The latest flagship sales of Modern and Contemporary art in New York showed a return to some normality after a difficult 14 months.

Cuddled up with a good read

17 May 2021

A couple of Winston Churchill letters were among the more successful lots in a second selection from a History in Manuscript collection* formed over the last 20 years and offered at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

Napoleon

Remembering Napoleon 200 years after his death as demand rises for relics

10 May 2021

The bicentenary of Napoléon Bonaparte's death boosts demand for relics

Edoardo Roberti

Sotheby’s shakes up its Old Masters and Fine Art teams

10 May 2021

Sotheby’s has made changes to its Old Master department in London.

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Archaistic vase at Paris auction

10 May 2021

Guantype archaistic vase, seal mark and period of Yongzheng comes up at Paris auction.

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Napoleon’s letter giving orders to invade of England sold at Sotheby's

10 May 2021

In the bicentenary year of his death, relics connected to Napoleon will inevitably catch the eye.

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Fox Talbot photography group makes record sum

03 May 2021

A group of nearly 200 early images and ephemera by the pioneering photographer William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-77) more than quadrupled its lower estimate at Sotheby’s in New York.

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Qianlong vase from English collection offered at Sotheby’s

03 May 2021

Sotheby’s sale of Chinese art on May 12 includes this Qianlong mark and period celadon ground famille rose decorated bottle vase.

Brooke Lampley, Amy Cappellazzo and Mari-Claudia Jiménez

Changes at the top at Phillips as Sotheby’s restructures Fine Art division

29 April 2021

Sotheby’s and Phillips have announced a number of changes in personnel.

Meissen clock

Rare $2m Meissen collection restituted to Jewish family comes to market in New York this autumn

28 April 2021

A collection of Meissen porcelain assembled by the Oppenheimer family and recently restituted to their heirs is coming to auction this September.

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Storied jewels from Mountbatten

12 April 2021

Sotheby’s sold the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma at the end of last month.

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Royal jewels at Christie’s and Sotheby’s including a tiara that you can try on virtually

12 April 2021

A spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds, from the collection of Napoleon’s adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860), is for sale at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on May 12.

The Banks Diamond

Mountbatten family collection raises £5.6m at Sotheby’s

05 April 2021

Sotheby’s reported 1400 bidders from 55 countries participating in the auction of the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017).

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Banksy: far from anonymous in the art market

29 March 2021

For people who follow the art market, Banksy (b.1975) is now impossible to ignore.

Yongle period blue and white bowl

$35 yard sale find stars in Asia Week New York

22 March 2021

Bought for just $35 at a yard sale in Connecticut last year, this small blue and white ‘lotus bud’ bowl proved one of the star lots of Asia Week New York.

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