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.


Pierre Prevost’s panorama

London as the Duke of Wellington knew it: Museum of London acquires huge panorama from Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

A large 19th century panorama of London, completed towards the end of the Napoleonic Wars, has entered the Museum of London’s permanent collection after the institution acquired it at a recent Sotheby’s auction.

The Yamanaka reticulated vase

Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ emerges at Sotheby’s

14 August 2018

The pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ – knocked down at £43m in 2010 but later sold for half of that sum – is to come to market. Sotheby’s will sell the near identical vase, that has a century-long provenance, in Hong Kong in the autumn.

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Sotheby’s expands New York space by a third

13 August 2018

Renovation project under way in Manhattan will provide ‘powerful marketing advantage for consignors’

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Original working manuscripts show evolution of Darwin

13 August 2018

Two of only 11 leaves of the original, working manuscript of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species… known to remain in private hands were sold at auction in London last month.

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New premises in Melbourne for Sotheby’s Australia

13 August 2018

Sotheby’s Australia has moved to new premises in the ‘Paris End’ of Melbourne.

Sotheby's New York headquarters

Sotheby’s latest figures show sales up but profit margins lower than expected

06 August 2018

Sotheby’s made more sales but at lower margins in the first half of 2018 according to its latest financial results.

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Movers and Shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

06 August 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

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New gallery kicks off with library of computing through the ages

06 August 2018

One of the earlier big attractions of the new season will be the September 18-19 auction at Sotheby’s of the Erwin Tomash library on the history of computing.

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Summer brings books and works on paper auction riches

06 August 2018

June and July brought a rich crop of auctions in London, around the country and overseas. A few of those sales and stand-out results have already been reported on these and the ATG news pages, but many more hammer highlights were achieved.

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Feeling beastly in the Netherlands and Germany

23 July 2018

The so-called auricular style – all organic fluid lines and asymmetrical shapes populated by marine invertebrates and reptiles – can first be found in the 1598 ornament book of Northern Mannerism, Architectura…, by Wendel Dietterlin of Stuttgart.

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Celebs give Old Masters the glitz

23 July 2018

Can endorsement by stars such as Beyoncé and Victoria Beckham boost the market?

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Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments

20 July 2018

Our latest look at new roles in the art and antiques trade.

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Nelson memorabilia sails into auction for collecting options at various price points

20 July 2018

Whether your budget runs to four figures or a hefty six figures, two lots sold recently show how various price options can be available in a certain collecting market – in this case, Nelson memorabilia.

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Sales growth buoyant for top auction houses for first half of 2018

17 July 2018

Global auction sales at Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips jumped 21.6% in the first half of 2018, according to the latest report by ArtTactic.

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'Hundred Acre Wood' map leads way to book illustration auction record

16 July 2018

The original drawing of the map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s 'Hundred Acre Wood' sold for £350,000 (plus 25/20/12% buyer’s premium) at Sotheby’s sale of English Literature, History, Science, Children’s Books and Illustration on July 9-10.

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Ancient battlegrounds and new antiquities challenges

16 July 2018

A hint of defiance was in the air during the latest round of London antiquities sales held at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams (25/20/12.5-12.9% buyer’s premium).

Hundred Acre Wood

Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood makes auction record at Sotheby’s

11 July 2018

The original drawing of the map of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood by EH Shepard has been sold for a hammer price of £350,000, setting an auction record for a book illustration.

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Top Mod Brits show global appeal

09 July 2018

More than £47m of Modern British art changed hands in a bumper series held in London, as buyers competed fiercely for blue-chip pieces and lots offering best value.

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Mixed auction results as £4.6m Rubens tops Old Masters series

09 July 2018

The July Old Master auctions in London were a mixed affair with the lack of blockbuster lots meaning the overall total was down on the levels of the last two years.

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Two Scottish Colourist records tumble in a week

09 July 2018

New auction records were achieved for two of the four Scottish Colourists in the space of a week.

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