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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The magic behind the mask
Punu masks are one of the most sought after pieces for collectors of African art. Discover the story behind this powerful piece of tribal art.
British artists in Berkshire
To mark Dawsons of Berkshire's first sale on Barnebys, we have spotlighted 5 British artists coming up for sale in their next auction on 22nd April.
Taking gold & silver: Sotheby's upcoming winners in Paris
On 26th and 27th April, Sotheby's will offer two beautiful sales of goldsmith pieces and furniture in Paris, set to excite international collectors.
One of the greatest works by J.M.W. Turner still in private hands to be sold at Sotheby's this summer
A crucial work of the artist's great, late period, Turner’s Ehrenbreitstein was hailed as a masterpiece by his contemporaries, and also had special personal significance for him. With its remarkable provenance, it is the most important of all his German views, and one of his greatest paintings.
Brexit, Blair, Boris, Barack and Trump: No one is safe from Scarfe's satirical ink
The richly coloured, animated cartoons signed with thick ink are unmistakably the work of Gerald Scarfe CBE. With or without knowing, the satirical cartoons of Scarfe have been part of British life, and indeed life over the Pond, for over four decades.

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Printed menu card for "Supper given in honour of Maestro Giovanni Puccini [sic] Oct.24th 1905. Savoy Hotel", signed by Puccini ("GiacomoPuccini")
Puccini, Giacomo, Printed menu card for "Supper given in honour of Maestro Giovanni Puccini [sic] Oct.24th 1905. Savoy Hotel", signed by Puccini ("GiacomoPuccini") and others in pencil\nIncluding Rina Giachetti, Leopoldo Mugnone, Giovanni Zenatello, Mario Sammarco and Eleonora de Cisneros, 4 pages, c.22 x 27cm, photographic portraits of the cast on the first page, menu, inscribed on the last page, London, Savoy Hotel, 24 October 1905, dust-marking along folds, Sotheby's
A LARGE GILT-BRONZE MOUNTED ONYX CENTERPIECE ON ASSOCIATED REVOLVING PEDESTAL\nFRANCE, LATE 19TH CENTURY, Of baluster shape with a pierced cast rim and raised on a fretwork tripartite support headed by elephant heads. \nCenterpiece height 28 1/2 in.; pedestal height 42 1/2 in.\n72.5cm; 108cm Sotheby's
En Grèce par monts et par vaux. Geneva: Boissonas and Athens: Eleftheroudakis, 1910
Baud-Bovy, Daniel and Frederic Boissonnas., En Grèce par monts et par vaux. Geneva: Boissonas and Athens: Eleftheroudakis, 1910\nFirst edition, limited edition, number 180 of 230 copies, signed by the authors, large 4to (505 x 405mm.), half-title, 40 photographic plates and numerous photographic illustrations, map, original vellum decorated in orange and gilt, top edge gilt, others uncut, [not in Blackmer (Navari) but see lots 1143 and 1144 in the sale of his library] Sotheby's
ELUARD (Paul) - HUGO (Valentine). Médieuses. Poèmes illustrés par
Édition originale de ce magnifique ouvrage avec texte lithographié par Paul Eluard et illustré de 16 TRÈS BELLES LITHOGRAPHIES ORIGINALES À PLEINE PAGE DE VALENTINE HUGO.\n\nTIRAGE UNIQUE À 12 EXEMPLAIRES NUMÉROTÉS.\n\nENVOI autographe signé de Paul Eluard et de Valentine Hugo à Georges Hugnet.\n\nIl est joint à l’exemplaire une lettre autographe signée de Paul Eluard à Valentine Hugo, datée samedi de l’Hôtel Vaste Horizon à Mougins [août 1938], 2 pages in-8 à l’encre, relatives à leur ouvrage Médieuses et l’édition en espagnole d’un livre inédit de Garcia Lorca, enveloppe conservée.\n\n(Quelques piqûres sur les tranches.) Sotheby's
Adoration of the Shepherds
Circle of Ercole de' Roberti, Adoration of the Shepherds\nOil on panel\n48.5 by 54.7 cm.; 19 1/4  by 21 1/2  in. Sotheby's

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