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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Sotheby’s sues vendor of Italian Old Master as ‘fakes scandal’ reaches court

17 January 2017

Sotheby’s is taking legal action to recover its losses over the sale of a ‘fake’ Italian Old Master.

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Sotheby’s Geneva celebrates 40th anniversary with new saleroom and exhibition space

16 January 2017

Sotheby’s Geneva has relocated to a new office, exhibition space and saleroom in the banking quarter of the Swiss city.

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America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton takes centre stage as letters head to auction

13 January 2017

America’s previously neglected founding father Alexander Hamilton is now firmly back to prominence after the Broadway hit ‘Hamilton’, which won eleven Tony Awards last year. The show is now coming to London's West End this year.

Marc Porter

Christie’s former Americas boss Marc Porter begins job at rival Sotheby’s

13 January 2017

Christie’s former US president Marc Porter will begin his new role at rival Sotheby’s next week.

Orazio Gentileschi

10 highlights at the upcoming Old Master auctions in New York

12 January 2017

The main series of Old Master auctions in New York traditionally take place in January. This year Sotheby’s are holding four sales while Christie’s are staging two – a sale of drawings and an auction of prints only – having moved its main paintings sale in this category to the ‘Classic Week’ scheduled for April.

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Sotheby’s launches new luxury division for jewellery, watches, wine and cars

09 January 2017

Sotheby’s has created a new luxury division to oversee the selling of items such as jewellery and cars.

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Weaker supply means lesser names provide highlights at Sotheby’s Old Master sale

08 December 2016

Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London last night was somewhat short of stellar works but the auction registered a decent performance for the material on offer.

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Sotheby’s buys scientific research firm Orion Analytical in fight against fakes

05 December 2016

Sotheby’s has bought scientific research specialist Orion Analytical to "help to make the art market a safer place".

Beethoven manuscript at centre of attribution debate fails to sell at Sotheby’s

29 November 2016

A musical manuscript at the centre of a row over whether it was handwritten by Ludwig van Beethoven or a copyist has failed to sell at an auction at Sotheby’s.

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Six Old Masters to watch at Sotheby's auction

28 November 2016

Works from the Italian Renaissance and the Dutch and Flemish Golden Age feature in Sotheby’s Old Masters Evening Sale on December 7. Among the works are those that have remained in the same collection for centuries.

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Top picks from the Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale at Sotheby’s

23 November 2016

The late Lord & Lady Attenborough’s Picasso ceramics sale made a hammer total of £2.48m at Sotheby’s yesterday with all 66 lots finding buyers. The collection was formed over 50 years after the couple purchased a £3 souvenir ashtray in 1954.

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Huge Hepworth bronze leads Sotheby’s Modern British art sale at £3.2m

22 November 2016

A large-scale sculpture by Dame Barbara Hepworth led Sotheby’s evening sale of Modern British art tonight.

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10 highlights from the Modern and Contemporary art auctions in New York

21 November 2016

The flagship Modern and Contemporary art sales in New York in November are an important bellwether of the global art market. This year a total of $1.29bn (£1.03bn) changed hands, including the auctioneers’ premium. Here ATG picks 10 individual highlights from around the salerooms.

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Hockney auction record among highlights of Sotheby’s New York sale

18 November 2016

An auction record for British artist David Hockney was one of the highlights at a robust Contemporary art sale at Sotheby’s New York last night.

Edvard Munch's Girls on the Bridge at Sotheby's

Muted performance for Munch as Sotheby’s sale falls below estimate

15 November 2016

Edvard Munch’s ‘Girls on the Bridge’ was knocked down at $50m (£40m) and led Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist & Modern in New York last night.

Steve Cohen offloads his stake in Sotheby’s

15 November 2016

US billionaire investor and art collector Steven Cohen has sold his stake in Sotheby’s by offloading his remaining one million shares.

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Five funky designs drawing serious bidding at Sotheby’s David Bowie auction

15 November 2016

The stand-alone design section at Sotheby’s auction of the David Bowie collection followed in much the same vein as the Modern & Contemporary art. High demand for items from the singer’s collection led to a ‘Bowie premium’ with 13 records posted for individual designers and an overall total of £1.11m from 100 lots.

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Collecting on trend: Sotheby’s capitalises on youth market with second dedicated design auction

14 November 2016

Sotheby’s second dedicated design sale in London is set to appeal to the base of younger buyers whom specialists say have taken an interest in this market.

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David Bowie collection puts in electric live performance

11 November 2016

Sotheby’s sale of David Bowie’s collection got off to a flying start in London last night. The collection was clearly ‘there to be sold’ but the Bowie provenance turned what may otherwise have been a solid sale into a bumper proposition.

Chinese Imperial musket

Qianlong Emperor’s musket makes £1.65m and leads Sotheby’s Asian art auction in London

10 November 2016

The first Chinese firearm with an imperial reign mark ever offered at auction sold at Sotheby’s yesterday for £1.65m.

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