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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From 30,000 BC to Now: a Timeline of Art Shipping
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The Iconoclastic and the Rebellious
Frank Dunphy was Damien Hirst’s business manager for more than 15 years. This September, Dunphy’s collection is going under the hammer at Sotheby’s.
Going, Going, Gone
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An italian rococo walnut writing table
The shaped banded top above a frieze drawer raised on leaf-carved cabriole legs carved at the knees with cartouches, ending in paw feet.  Drawer probably a later addition; replacements. Sotheby's
Chateau belair (st. emilion) 1988
Chateau Belair (St. Emilion) 1988 \n St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (B)\n u. 7bn, 1vts, several labels slightly damaged along bottom edge by case dividers otherwise good appearance\n Lot 30 12 bts (owc)\n per lot: GBP 240-320\n per lot: USD 340-440\n per lot: EUR 300-400\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
Corton, pougets 1990 louis jadot
Corton, Pougets 1990 Louis Jadot \n Cote de Beaune, Grand Cru\n u. 1x3cm, 1x4.5cm, labels slightly bin soiled, several slightly nicked, 1 bottle shows signs of seepage with wine stained back label, 1 back label slightly wine stained\n Lot 91 11 bts (cn)\n per lot: GBP 550-650\n per lot: USD 820-980\n per lot: EUR 750-880\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
An inscribed brown overay white glass ‘cat and butterflies’ snuff
Together with a watercolour illustration by Peter Suart\nIn relation to much of the better output of the Yangzhou school, everything appears linked to everything else in terms of materials, form, subject matter, compositions, style, or quality of carving. This example does not belong to the group carved in the ground colour, and it is neither as well balanced in terms of composition, nor as technically commanding as, say, Sale 5, lot 15, but it is so rich in details indicating the Yangzhou style it can be attributed  to that school. It is exquisitely well made, with an impeccably controlled foot rim; the integrity of the ground plane is reasonably good, and the subject quite delightful. The style of the chrysanthemums here is notably different from Sale 5, lot 15, but both styles coexist on Sale 4, lot 142, reassuring us that these three bottles come from a common workshop. There are a number of impressive compositional details here, each element being very well conceived and carved, even if the composition of the side bearing the quail is too busy to achieve the formal coherence of some of his other compositions. Sotheby's
Sapphire bracelet
Set with calibré-cut sapphires, length approximately 190mm, French assay mark. Sotheby's

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