Sotheby’s was founded in London on March 11, 1744, when Samuel Baker auctioned “several Hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley for a few hundred pounds. The story of Sotheby’s expansion beyond books to include the best in fine and decorative arts and jewellery is also the story of the global auction market, defined by extraordinary moments that continue to capture the world’s attention. Since 1744, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world. Season after season, the depth and excellence of Sotheby’s offerings have produced watershed, record-breaking sales. Sotheby’s has been entrusted with the sale of many of the world's treasures, amongst them: Napoleon’s St Helena library, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels, the Estate of Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, Picasso’s Garçon à la Pipe, Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, The Grand Ducal Collections of Baden, the Qianlong Yellow-Ground Famille-Rose Double-Gourd Vase, the 5,000-year-old Guennol Lioness, Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I, the Magna Carta, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and The Martin Luther King Jr Collection. Sotheby’s has long recognised that great works of art, as well as the collectors interested in consigning and acquiring them, inhabit the global sphere. Sotheby's was the first international auction house to expand from London to New York in 1955, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong and the then–Soviet Union. An unwavering commitment to the very highest level of quality remains the goal of one of the most storied names on the global business stage.

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Picasso's tomato plants come to auction after 40 years in private collection
Picasso's Tomato plants and how they became symbolic of victory in Europe will be at the forefront of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale.
Yoshihara's Circle sells at Sotheby's Boundless sale in Hong Kong
As one of the founding fathers of modern Japanese art, it's no wonder artworks by Jiro Yoshihara command high prices on the secondary market. Last year, an exquisite example of Yoshihara's circle series - which made up for a huge portion of his oeuvre later on in his career - was sent in to our valuation service.
Klimt's Bauerngarten at auction for first time in twenty years
Gustav Klimt's Bauerngarten will lead Sotheby’s Impressionist & Modern Art sale in London next month. The landscape piece by the modern master, which has not been seen at auction for more than two decades, is expected to fetch over £36 million.
2 days left! Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017 closes this weekend
International law firm Ashurst and Oaktree & Tiger Gallery are searching for artist to join their third instalment of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize, sponsored by Cass Art. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and from any background. Thanks to the huge success of this year’s prize the deadline has now been extended to 29th January 2017. 
It was called Yellow: The most iconic jewellery of the 20th century
It's not so much one man's trash is another man's treasure, rather one man's treasure is another man's treasure. From diamonds, pearls and watches, you can bid for a little piece of luxury at Seized Assets Auctioneers with starting prices as low as $1. We check out three iconic jewellery designs and how you can get the look at auction.

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Vernet, Carle. Les Accidents de la chasse. Paris, Imprimerie lithographique
Album petit in-folio oblong (279 x 383 mm) : un f. (couverture lithographiée sur papier chamois servant de titre) et 16 planches lithographiées en noir (num. 1-14, 2 et 5). Cartonnage recouvert de papier bouton-d’or décoré à froid (reliure de l’époque).\nCouverture roussie avec petite déchirure sans manques ; auréoles claires aux planches ; cartonnage un peu usé et sali.\n\nSuite d’une grande rareté.\n\nElle se compose de 16 planches lithographiées en noir par François Séraphin Delpech (1778-1825) d’après Carle Vernet (1758-1836).\n\nLa suite des Accidents de la chasse ne contient normalement que les douze premières planches (num. 1-12) montrant des accidents de chasse à courre impliquant le chasseur, sa monture et, dans la plupart des cas, ses limiers.\n\nLes quatre dernières planches, qui ne font pas partie de la suite cynégétique mais en reprennent le style et le sujet, montrent des voitures à cheval renversant leurs passagers (dont des jeunes femmes affolées).\n\nThiébaud et Schwerdt, qui soulignent la rareté de cet album, ne mentionnent pas les planches supplémentaires.\n\nRéférences : Thiébaud, 927. – Schwerdt, III, 182. Sotheby's
The Town Hall at Haarlem with the entry of Prince Maurits to replace the Governers in 1618
Pieter Jansz. Saenredam, The Town Hall at Haarlem with the entry of Prince Maurits to replace the Governers in 1618\nOil on oak panel\n15 1/2  by 19 1/2  in.; 39.5 by 49.5 cm. Sotheby's
Blackfeet Painted Hide Envelope
Blackfeet Painted Hide Envelope, Of rectangular form, painted across the two front flaps with a narrow band flanked by diamond elements, the edges decorated with a series of triangles.\nLength 27in. Sotheby's
Cuiller anthropomorphe
Cuiller anthropomorphe, Dan, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuiller anthropomorphe\nHaut. 72 cm\n28 1/3 in Sotheby's
An oak Louis XV buffet, probably Mosan, dated 1775 (DF040?)
A Mosan Louis XV oak buffet\ndated 1775, Fitted with an extracting board beneath the top, three drawers and two doors below, carved in relief with scrolls enclosing the initials A T J D and the year 1775\nHeight 128cm., width 158cm., depth 49cm. Sotheby's

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Sotheby's Stockholm
Sturegatan 24
114 36 Stockholm
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Sotheby's Geneva
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New York 10021
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Milan 20129
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Paris 75008
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Doha Qatar
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