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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Agapito Labios: From prison cells to Sotheby's and Christie's
Mexican Artist Agapito Labios started his career from a prison cell. We take a look at his story and see how his work went from prison to auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's.
The wonderful world of Wouters
With works in The Hague's collection and the famed artist hotspot Hotel Spaander, we discover the life of Dutch artist Wilm Wouters.
Dalí's suitcase of wonder up for auction in artist's native Spain
What does the Dalí collector who has everything buy at auction? Well a suitcase that looks like it could be carried by Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter featuring a treasure trove of Dalí's surreal works inside.
Warhol's first Self Portrait to be offered at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London
A work from Andy Warhol's very first series of self-portraits will star as part of Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on 28th June. The piece captures the man behind all the icons, as this was the first time that Warhol stepped out from behind the camera and into the glare of its flashbulb.
Basquiat bought by e-commerce entrepreneur breaks $100 million barrier
Last night, at Sotheby's, New York, Contemporary Art evening auction, Jean-Michel Basquiat's Untitled, 1982, was sold for $110.5 million (£85 million.)

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Oil on canvas, lined. The surface is in generally good condition aside from a dirty varnish. A spot of paint loss above the signature; another two spots of paint loss with attendant lifting 5 inches above previously noted loss; another 9 1/2 inches from right and 4 1/4 inches from top. Some area of cupping in the upper right quadrant. Under UV light, a few spots of minor retouching, mostly in the garment of the monk. A few spots in the chest and forehead of the cardinal. Some strengthening and a few retouches at upper right in green. Some retouchign in flowers at right and below at bottom of the grass. Unframed.\nIn response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.\nNOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.\nSigned José Frappa (lower right) Sotheby's
Fine series of 119 ink drawings for the Aldine Chap Books, c.1930
# Waudby, Roberta F.C., Fine series of 119 ink drawings for the Aldine Chap Books, c.1930\nComprising 12 volumes each with between 4 and 6 full-page illustrations, pictorial title-pages, several smaller designs and pictorial covers, some illustrations signed with initials, sheets folded to 195 by 145mm. (approx) Sotheby's
Castillo ygay gran reserva especial, marques de murrieta [multiple
Castillo Ygay Gran Reserva Especial, Marques de Murrieta \n Rioja\n 1959 (1 bt) u. bn, excellent appearance\n 1964 (1 bt) u. bn, excellent appearance\n Lot 638 2 bts (cn)\n per lot: GBP 260-340\n per lot: USD 400-520\n per lot: EUR 300-400\n \n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
Les bédouins, ou arabes du désert. Paris: Ferra jeune, 1816, first edition, 3 volumes, 12mo, half-titles, 24 engraved plates, contemporary
Mayeux, F.J., editor., Les bédouins, ou arabes du désert. Paris: Ferra jeune, 1816, first edition, 3 volumes, 12mo, half-titles, 24 engraved plates, contemporary tree calf, flat spines gilt, [Gay 1206], rubbed\nLucas, P. Voyage... dans la Turquie, l'Asie, Sourie, Palestine, Haute & Basse Egypte, &c... nouvelle edition. Paris: Jean-François Josse, 1724, 3 volumes, 8vo, titles printed in red and black, 2 folding engraved maps and 32 plates (17 folding), contemporary calf, spines gilt, [cf. Atabey 733 (second edition); cf. Blackmer 1038; cf. Weber II, 472]\nDandini da Cesena, G. Voyage de Mont Liban. Paris: L. Billaine, 1685, 12mo, engraved frontispiece, contemporary calf, armorial bookplate, [cf. Blackmer 447 (note)], library marks on verso of title, binding slightly worn\nTogether 3 works in 7 volumes Sotheby's
A gold octagonal wristwatchOyster, circa 1928
Rolex, A gold octagonal wristwatch\nOyster, circa 1928\n18k, nickel lever movement, 15 jewels, bi-metallic cut compensation balance, timed to 6 positions for all climates, precision regulator, two-tone silvered dial, applied Arabic numerals, blued steel hands, subsidiary seconds, polished octagonal case with reeded bezel, screw-down crown and case back, case, dial and movement signed, case import marks for Glasgow 1928\nLength 33mm. Sotheby's

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