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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Private collections prominent in flagship New York sales

22 November 2021

Two big-name sources – the Cox collection and the Macklowe collection – lead the way as Modern and Contemporary art market shows recovery from pandemic impact

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Talent-spotter Feigen in focus

22 November 2021

Group of works from the late US dealer’s collection demonstrates his wide range of interests.

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US Constitution copy takes $41m at New York auction 

19 November 2021

A hedge fund billionaire has outbid a group of crowdfunded cryptocurrency fans for a copy of the US Constitution and has agreed to loan it to a museum.

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National Trust property secures 18th-century portrait destined for auction after anonymous donor steps in

18 November 2021

A portrait by renowned society artist Thomas Hudson (1701-79) has been secured for National Trust property Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire.

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Dowland’s composition for the lute proves key at Sotheby's

08 November 2021

Relating to perhaps the most famous of all compositions for the lute, a version of John Dowland’s 'Lachrimae pavane' proved a major attraction in a music sale held by Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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Magritte’s conversation skills lead a modern way of thinking

08 November 2021

Three works by the Belgian Surrealist feature in the Paris Art Week series of auctions

Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick

Candlestick becomes most expensive Islamic metalwork

01 November 2021

This exceptional Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick has become the most expensive Islamic metalwork sold at auction.

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High-profile lots stack up to a bumper offering

27 October 2021

The top two UK auction houses have announced a string of high-profile consignments coming to auction in the autumn/winter season.

‘The Auction’ by LS Lowry

LS Lowry’s only painting of an auction to be offered at Sotheby’s

27 October 2021

This autumn, ‘The Auction’ by LS Lowry (1887-1976) will be offered at Sotheby’s Modern British Art sale in London.

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Japanese auctions trio to be staged by Sotheby's

18 October 2021

Sotheby’s will hold three online sales of Japanese works of art that run from October 22 and close from November 2-5.

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Family values: the Ezekiel collection

18 October 2021

Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale on November 3 includes a group of Chinese porcelains, jades and small works of art from the collection, formed by Marcus Ezekiel (1854-1927) and his son Victor (1905-76) in the first part of the 20th century.

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Schwitters in the mix

18 October 2021

A number of French auction houses will be holding sales of Modern and Contemporary art to coincide with FIAC, the annual Paris fair devoted to Contemporary art, which takes place this year from October 21-24.

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Banksy’s shredded canvas ‘Love is in the Bin’ fetches a record £16m at Sotheby’s

14 October 2021

The half-shredded Banksy painting ‘Love is in the Bin’ returned to auction, bringing a fervent competition and making a record £16m at Sotheby's.

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Orientalist painting authenticated on BBC show 'Fake or Fortune?' heads to auction at Sotheby’s

13 October 2021

A picture bought for around £4000 and eventually authenticated on the BBC programme 'Fake or Fortune?' as by 19th-century French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme is to be offered at Sotheby’s with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

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Exceptional copy of TS Eliot poem published in New York makes record

11 October 2021

Uncut and in near pristine condition, an exceptional first-state copy of TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land was the top lot and also a recordbreaker at a Sotheby’s New York (26/20/13.9%% buyer’s premium) online sale.

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Houdini held upside down

11 October 2021

Sotheby’s New York is selling the Ricky Jay collection on October 27-28.

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Plath and Hughes items with personal insights

11 October 2021

Consigned by Frieda Hughes, who was not yet three years old when her mother took her own life, a collection of Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes was sold by Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in a timed online auction.

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Asian art auction previews: Portrait of power

11 October 2021

This late 16th or early 17th century portrait depicts the Hurrem Sultan Roxelana (1502-58), the legendary wife of the longest reigning Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (r.1520- 66). She became the most powerful and influential woman in Ottoman history.

‘Diego y yo’ by Frida Kahlo

Sotheby’s adjusts sale categories in time for upcoming New York auction series

08 October 2021

Sotheby’s has tweaked its sale categories for its flagship 20th and 21st century art auctions and will apply the changes at its upcoming New York series in November.

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Just William books post mixed results at Sotheby's

04 October 2021

A group of Richmal Crompton’s Just William books that had an appealing family provenance were offered without reserve at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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