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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Promotions, appointments and moves – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

12 January 2021

An update of moves and other developments from across the art and antiques industry including at Sotheby’s and Dreweatts.

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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Brit vendor trio boost for Sotheby’s

11 January 2021

Three works from British vendors were among the most notable lots at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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Single-owner books bring 007 heaven

11 January 2021

A significant collection of Ian Fleming’s books, typescripts and assorted autograph material raised close on £1m at Sotheby’s.

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Sotheby’s outpaces Christie’s across ‘transformative’ year

04 January 2021

Sotheby’s edged ahead of Christie’s in terms of annual turnover in 2020, with private and online sales helping both firms offset declines in totals from live auctions.

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Giacometti tables go on a trip to Paris auction

04 January 2021

Two Diego Giacometti (1902-85) bronze tables from an ‘important collection’ in Sydney appeared in a Paris auction after being consigned via an Australian saleroom.

Bernardo Bellotto at Sotheby’s

Five top Old Masters sold at auction in 2020

28 December 2020

Despite the obvious challenges with coronavirus this year, some notable sales still occurred in the Old Master market. Here we pick out five highlights from across the year.

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Historic tableware firm Thomas Goode & Company to sell archive and historic items in Sotheby’s auction

23 December 2020

Thomas Goode & Company, the Mayfair retailer of tableware to royalty and celebrities since the 1840s, plans an auction of its archive.

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Supply hits Old Masters auction series

21 December 2020

The traditional pre-Christmas Old Masters auctions in London were something of a mixed bag this year.

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Auctions take a hit from Covid but private and online sales rise at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

20 December 2020

Despite the challenges of a tough 2020, private and online sales have boosted the major auction houses

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An easier US election to sort out

07 December 2020

Letter informs George Washington of his election to the presidency.

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Churchill oil proves the toast of Modern British art sales this season

30 November 2020

A total of £9.23m was raised from the latest dedicated sales of Modern British art at Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London.

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Dragons of the Qing as spectacular dishes sell at Sotheby's

30 November 2020

Sotheby’s (26/21/14.9% buyer’s premium) Important Chinese Art sale on November 4 included two spectacular Qing dragon dishes – both consigned from continental European sources and both in near-perfect condition.

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Sang collection of historical documents returns to Sotheby's New York

30 November 2020

Several decades on from the last of the five major auctions Sotheby’s held to disperse items from the remarkable collections of American historical documents and letters formed by Philip (1902-75) and Elsie Sang (1906-97), a further selection appeared at Sotheby’s New York (26/20/13.9%).

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Vernet adds drama to Tivoli

23 November 2020

A painting by the celebrated landscape painter Joseph Vernet (1714-89) depicting Tivoli near Rome which has not been seen since the 19th century is making an appearance in Sotheby’s Paris rooms on December 3.

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Qianlong period panel among highlights at Sotheby’s in Paris

23 November 2020

One of the highlights of Sotheby’s Asian works of art sale in Paris on December 11 will be this jade, zitan and boxwood panel from the Qianlong period.

‘Jug with Bottles’ by Sir Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill whisky painting brings bidding battle at Sotheby’s

20 November 2020

A still life by Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) which included his tipple of choice, a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label, sold at Sotheby’s this week for £800,000.

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Red alert: Macallan matured for 78 years

09 November 2020

The oldest bottle released from The Macallan Distillery – and the oldest age statement whisky ever offered at auction – has sold for a premium-inclusive £756,400 in London.

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Imps & Mods sales are slimmer affairs but with high selling rates

02 November 2020

The latest evening sales of Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary art held at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9 buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) in New York produced very high-selling rates but they were somewhat slimmer affairs than the normal run of sales in this category.

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Asian Art in London: the East Asian award nominees

26 October 2020

Following on from the nominees for the best Indian and Islamic object (published in ATG No 2463), an equivalent shortlist has been announced for pieces in the East Asian category.

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