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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Basquiat's Boom for Real: Top 5 works by Jean-Michel Basquiat ever sold at auction
Basquiat is hotter than ever. Auction houses and dealers are chomping at the bit to get their hands on the artist's colour-laden canvases. The incredible surge in the popularity of the Brooklyn-born artist is thanks to the Barbican's retrospective which is partly responsible for introducing his work to global buyers who want to get serious when it comes to starting their collection.
Watch this vase: Prices for Lucie Rie continues to rise at auction
With a work by Dame Lucie Rie coming up for auction this month at Woolley & Wallis, we explore how and why the artist's work continues to rise on the secondary market.
Never-before-seen work by pioneering Cubist sculptor Joseph Csáky at Sotheby's this month
Rodin, Picasso, Braque - sculptor Joseph Csáky demonstrated both a grasp on sculpture and Cubism making him one of the greatest sculptors of the early 20th century. Now an original never-seen before piece will be coming to Sotheby's in Paris, the city the Austrian-Hungarian artist called his home.
New world record for Chinese ceramic set as pieces sells for £28.2 million at Sotheby's Hong Kong
Today at Sotheby's Hong Kong, an extremely rare Ru Guanyao brush washer from the Northern Song Dynasty from The Le Cong Tang Collection was sold for £28.2 million, setting a new record for Chinese ceramics.
Sotheby's Dubai to host inaugural sale next month
Next month Sotheby's will hold their first Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art sale in Dubai. The move comes after Christie's took the decision to hold their Middle Eastern sales in London as opposed to Dubai.

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A gold, diamond, ruby and sapphire set lady's bracelet watch, cartier
18k, quartz movement, engine turned dial, oval case, 18k gold bracelet joining the case with gem setting of two pear shaped sapphires, two square cut rubies and 4 calibré cut diamonds, case, dial and movement signed, accompanied by a Cartier presentation case and original certificate Sotheby's
An iron die-stamp for grand army of the repub lic badges, circa 1865-1919
An iron die-stamp for grand army of the repub lic badges, circa 1865-1919 Sotheby's
A ‘jian’ persimmon-glazed bowl song dynasty
Of conical form with a flared rim, covered overall with a smooth mottled brown glaze, thinning at the rim and stopping unevenly at the foot to reveal the chocolate-brown stoneware body Sotheby's
Grands Echézeaux
Grands Echézeaux 1971 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti \nCôte de Nuits, Grand Cru\nLot 408: u. 1x4cm, scuffed and stained labels, 1 label states 'Interdiction d'Exporter aux USA et en UK,' corroded capsules, excellent color and clarity, Lot 409: u. 1x4.5cm, 3 slightly stained and 2 stained labels, 1 slightly corroded capsule, 1 nicked capsule, excellent color and clarity\n\nA pure Guerlain scent on the nose. Enormous sweetness and luscious liquorice. Decadent, gamey taste. Sweet, candied violets. Astounding. At a blind tasting, I first thought it was Grands Echézeaux and then changed to Richebourg as it was 'much too good for Grands Echézeaux'! I also thought it was a 1978 as it was so gamey. A second bottle was even younger, almost like 1985! Serena Sutcliffe, MW\n408:6 bts (sc)409:6 bts (sc)\nEstimates are per lot Sotheby's
Pair of diamond pendent earrings
Each of tassel design collet- and claw-set with variously cut diamonds including circular- and single-cut diamonds, post fittings. Sotheby's

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Sotheby's Stockholm
Sturegatan 24
114 36 Stockholm
Tel: 08-679 54 78
Sotheby's Geneva
13 Quai du Mont Blanc
Geneva CH-1201
T: +41 22 908 4800
Sotheby's New York
1334 York Avenue
New York 10021
T: +1 212 606 7000
Sotheby's Toronto
9 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto M5R 2E1
T: +1 416 926 1774
Sotheby's Milan
Palazzo Broggi, Via Broggi, 19
Milan 20129
T: +39 02 295 001
906, 9th Floor, Raffles City Beijing Office Tower
No.1 Dongzhimen South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007
Tel: +86 10 8409 4018
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Sotheby's London
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA
T: +44 20 7293 5000
Sotheby's Paris
Galerie Charpentier
76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Paris 75008
T: +33 1 53 05 53 05
Alla Salem
Level 15, Commercial bank Plaza, PO Box 27111
Doha Qatar
Tel: +974 4452 8333
Fax: +974 4452 8334
Sotheby's Hong Kong
5/F, 1 Pacific Place
88 Queensway, Hong Kong
T: +852 2524 8121
Sotheby's Zürich
Talstrasse 83
Zürich CH-8021
T: +41 44 226 2200