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.

Diego Velázquez portrait

Major Old Master emerges as Velázquez portrait of Spanish queen comes to Sotheby’s

30 November 2023

A large full-length portrait of Isabel de Borbón, Queen of Spain, by the great Diego Velázquez (1599-1660) will be offered at Sotheby’s New York in February.


T Kimball Brooker delights span eight sales

27 November 2023

Dispersal of renowned collection launches with the first auctions including Aldine ‘crown jewels’

Brockfield Hall

Winners of Sotheby’s and Dreweatts-sponsored Historic Houses awards announced

15 November 2023

Two awards, sponsored by Sotheby’s and Dreweatts, have been announced by Historic Houses.

Picasso's Femme a la montre

Picasso powers ahead to crown New York evening sales

13 November 2023

A good crop of top-end Impressionist and Modern pictures lifted the latest flagship series of auctions in New York.

Portrait of Marie-Therese Walter by Pablo Picasso

Picasso portrait leads sale of the Landau collection at Sotheby’s

09 November 2023

A Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) portrait from the early 1930s set the second highest price for the artist at auction as Sotheby’s kicked off its latest fortnight of Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York.


In step with Guerrand-Hermès

06 November 2023

Between December 13 and 19 Sotheby’s Paris rooms will offer a series of live and online auctions of works from the collection of Hubert Guerrand-Hermès (1940-2016), a descendant of the founder of the famous firm Hermès.


Magritte painting makes its first appearance at auction

06 November 2023

Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) staged three Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary auctions in Paris during the second half of October.


Not such a warm response to Frieze week auctions compared to last year

23 October 2023

The latest Frieze week auctions in London generated a markedly lower total than the equivalent series last year.


News in brief including André Zlattinger returning to Sotheby’s

23 October 2023

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including Modern British art specialist André Zlattinger heading back to Sotheby’s after 13 years at Christie's.


Kenneth Lawley collection on offer at Sotheby’s

23 October 2023

Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale on November 1 includes the collection of Dr Kenneth Lawley (1937-2023), a longtime member of the Oriental Ceramic Society.

Rembrandt picture

Reidentified Rembrandt emerges at Sotheby's auction

16 October 2023

Sotheby’s and Christie’s have both announced major lots that will feature at the next series of Old Master auctions in London in December.


Taj Mahal shines in the Welch collection

16 October 2023

Stuart Cary Welch (1928-2008) dedicated more than half a century to the study of the art and aesthetics of the Islamic World, and India in particular.


Mysterious result at Sotheby's shows market stays ‘stubbornly mercurial’

09 October 2023

Not for first time in recent memory, a work by a female artist made an unexpected amount at auction that left saleroom watchers and probably even the auctioneers themselves struggling to explain the price.


Queen singer Freddie Mercury found his prints charming

02 October 2023

Music legend’s art collecting was little known but prolific

Rainbow-coloured satin arrow jacket

Killer bids as Sotheby’s shows how the celebrity sale is done

11 September 2023

Sensational was the only word for it.

Freddie Mercury in concert

Freddie Mercury collection: Major sums for lyrics and piano at Sotheby’s auction

07 September 2023

The handwritten lyrics for Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ and the piano which Freddie Mercury used to compose it were among the major highlights at Sotheby's auction of the singer’s collection in London.

Franklin daguerreotypes

Rediscovered images of the crew of Franklin's lost expedition come to auction next month

29 August 2023

Rare daguerreotype photographs of Sir John Franklin and his fellow senior officers of the ill-fated HMS Erebus and Terror have been rediscovered and will be offered at auction by Sotheby’s.


Old Master sales in London bring good and bad news

14 August 2023

Strong results and supply boost the market but challenges remain with bidders highly selective


Aristocratic consignments make a comeback in Old Master auctions

14 August 2023

Works coming fresh to the market from British aristocratic sources were once a staple of London Old Master sales.


Paris sale features plenty of post-war material by currently popular blue-chip names

07 August 2023

A recent Design sale at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9/plus 1% overhead buyer’s premium) in Paris had stacks of post-war material by renowned names such as the Lalannes and Charlotte Perriand but the Art Deco period also featured.