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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Château Mouton Rothschild 2005 (1 bt) Château Mouton Rothschild 2007 (1 bt) Château Mouton Rothschild 2009 (1 bt) Château Mouton Rothschild 2010 (1 bt) Château Mouton Rothschild 2013 (1 bt)Lot 173: Presentation Case no. 51. Each lot also includes:An invitation for two people to the private black-tie Versailles Celebration Gala Dinner for 150 guests at the Palace of Versailles on 21 September 2019, where the legendary Château Mouton Rothschild 1945 will be served. The opportunity to schedule a visit and tasting, with a member of the team, at Château Mouton Rothschild. The tasting will feature Château Mouton Rothschild, Le Petit Mouton de Mouton Rothschild and Aile d’Argent, as well as the classified growths Château Clerc Milon and Château d’Armailhac. This offer expires on 31 March 2020. The dates of this visit need to be mutually agreed three months in advance with Château Mouton Rothschild and excludes French holidays. If you would like additional details or to provisionally schedule dates, please contact Mouton on +33 (0)5 56 73 21 29 or email Five display bottles that can be shown in the case, while the actual bottles are kept in perfect storage conditions. All proceeds will go towards the conservation and enhancement of the Palace of Versailles.Read more

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Signed lower right; tempera on cardboard\nThis lot is accompanied by a photocertificate of authenticity signed by the artist and dated Dic. 17/2010. Sotheby's
A dutch delft polychrome cistern 18th century
Drilled, some chips and restoration. Sotheby's
A fine and rare oversized gold split seconds chronograph wristwatch
18k, nickel lever movement, monometallic compensation balance, precision regulator, gilt brushed dial, black Arabic numerals, outer track calibrated for 60 units, two engine-turned subsidiary dials indicating constant seconds and 30 minutes register, circular case with smooth bezel, downturned lugs, two rectangular chronograph buttons in the band and split function operated through a round button in the crown, snap on back, case, dial and movement signed. Sotheby's
Recluse on a boat
Signed Linwu Wang Su, with two seals of the artist, wang su, lin wuWith three collectors' seals, cai duo shi ping sheng zhen shang, she nan hang bu cao shi guo yun lou jian cang jin shi shu hua yin, wu men gu shi zhen cang Sotheby's
GEM-SET AND DIAMOND NECKLACE, 1950s, To a central open work panel applied with flower head motifs set with variously coloured faceted sapphires, carved chalcedony and rubies, accented with brilliant-cut diamonds, to a back of graduated scrolling links, length approximately 390mm, French assay and maker's marks. Sotheby's

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