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 price of art? Da Vinci sells for record $450.3 million
Yesterday, the world's most expensive painting ever was auctioned. ''Salvator Mundi" by Italian master Leonardo da Vinci, was sold for an incredible $400 million, $450.3 million with buyer's premium. So that's the price of the last known Da Vinci on the open market...
Location, location, location? New online auction house says it doesn't matter where you are in the world
If two old school Australian art dealers turned new age techies have got it right they are about to make history when they conduct a world first online art auction simultaneously with what will look like a traditional auction in real time at Sydney’s prestigious Chifley Tower.  
Sotirios Boulgaris: The man behind Bulgari
His designs have adorned some of Hollywood's most glamorous, the world's royalty and walked the hottest red carpets - discover more about Sotirios Boulgaris: the man behind Bulgari.
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.

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A coastal landscape with figures before a fort, shipping off the coast
Signed with monogram lower left: iAB   Sotheby's
Unfinished watercolour of a phoenix
348 by 359mm., pencil, ink and watercolour, in card mount, signed and dated "Giles Greenfield 03" \nThe artist, whose artwork was used for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was initially commissioned by Bloomsbury to provide original artwork for the dust-jacket of the subsequent volume, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.\nGiles Greenfield had to abandon his work, however, and the published artwork was provided by Jason Cockcroft. The artist notes that this watercolour was what he was working on when the job was abandoned, and it was originally intended as the final artwork. Original artwork for the Bloomsbury Harry Potter series is extremely rare and recent work for titles has, apprently, been retained by the publishers. Sotheby's
Lange 1, No. 14947, Circa 2004; A Large Pink Gold Wristwatch with
18k, nickel lever movement, 53 jewels, some jewels carried in screwed gold chatons, monometallic compensation balance, precision regulator, black dial, eccentric dial for hours with applied Roman and lozenge numerals, adjacent subsidiary dial for constant seconds, oversized double date aperture, fan-form sector indicating power reserve, large circular case, non-reflective sapphire crystal display back secured by six screws, case, dial and movement signed, with platinum Lange buckle.\nAccompanied by an A. Lange & Söhne fitted leather presentation box, instruction manual, booklets and outer packaging.\nThe 'Lange 1' was one of the anchor models that Lange produced when the company was re-launched in the 1990s after nearly a half-century of dormancy. Sotheby's
Two-color 18k gold 'freccette' earrings, bulgari
With signed box. Sotheby's
Mount Tacoma, Washington, View From Puget Sound, Mid Summer Effect
Brown is considered the first recognized African-American artist of the American West.  Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, his family moved to San Francisco in the early 1860s, where Brown set-up shop as a traveling artist and lithographer, eventually buying his own lithography business.  He sold it in 1872 in order to paint full-time.  His specialty was painting topographical views of towns throughout California and the West, including Canada.  He maintained a home and studio in Portland, Oregon in the late 1880s, but then moved to St. Paul, Minnesota in 1892.  He spent the last 25 years of his life in Minnesota working as a civil engineer for the U. S. Army Corps, although he always referred to himself as an artist until his death in 1918.\nSigned GT Brown and dated 87, l.l.; inscribed View from Puget Sound With Mid Summer effect   MT. TACOMA . Washington/14,450 FT high and with a further indistinct inscription on the linen backing, 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
Fax: +86 10 8409 4017
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