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 twin of the most expensive Chinese vase to be sold at Sotheby’s
According to Antiques Trade Gazette, a vase identical to the famous "Bainbridge vase" (auctioned for 43 million pounds in 2010), will soon be on sale at Sotheby's Hong Kong.
Magritte, Bowler hats with Belgitude
Pipes that aren’t pipes, apples lurking in the forest, cloudy blue skies, bowler hats that are anything but conventional… Welcome to the world of Magritte, oozing with Belgitude. Where everything is but poetic nonsense, or if you prefer, nonsensical poetry. This is not a portrait.
Robin Williams’ personal collection at Sotheby’s
This fall, Sotheby’s New York is auctioning off the personal collection of actor and comedian Robin Williams and his wife, producer Marsha Garces Williams. Proceeds from the sale will go to charities the couple have supported for many years.
Five sensational attic finds
Clearing the attic may not be the most fun thing to do but may be profitable. Here we take a look at some attic finds that proved to be particularly lucrative.
Ten Most Expensive Classic Cars Ever Sold at Auction
Six Ferraris, a Mercedes Benz, an Alfa Romeo, an Aston Martin and a Jaguar. The number of classic cars sold at auction every year keeps on rising, so if you are looking for something classic, auction houses are a good place to start.

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Four Watercolours
Including depictions of anti-aircraft balloons in Leningrad during the siege; the meeting of Suvorov and Nakhimov cadets; floodgate from the Volga-Don series and leisure on the Neva from the Nakhimovtsy series.\nEach signed with initials in Cyrillic and variously dated 1942, 1950 and 1952; further signed and titled in Cyrillic and dated on the reverse Sotheby's
Das Aufsezen oder Wachsthum des Hirschgeweihes nach der Natur genommen.
WINTTER, Joseph Georg. Verschiedene Thier-Stücke. Munich, 1784, oblong quarto (176 x 230mm.), 6 engraved plates WITH HAND-COLOURING BY LEOPOLD BILLEK IN 1820 (signed by him and with his stamp), marbled boards; Divers sujets de Chasse pour les tabatieres... Dessiné par Viriclex. Paris: Demarteau l'ainé, [c. 1755], small folio (270 x 178mm.), 6 engraved plates, sewn at head, deckle edges; [FISCHER]. [A group of dog engravings]. [1803], 7 engraved plates of dogs with hunting equipment in the background, loose; these three together in modern folding box together 2 boxes Sotheby's
Diamond feather brooch, french, circa 1940
The pair of curling feathers tied at the stems with a ribbon, set with 297 single-cut and 52 baguette diamonds weighing approximately 10.25 carats, mounted in platinum, French assay marks.  Sotheby's
A diamond and cultured pearl necklace
The centre piece set with a brilliant-cut diamond weighing approximately 0.8 carat, within a double octagonal border of similar cut stones, enhanced by a row of baguette diamonds, strung to a cultured pearl necklace to a fluted ribbed clasp Sotheby's
An engraved bronze 'dragon' snuff bottle qing dynasty / republican period
Together with a watercolour illustration by Peter Suart\nOut of fifty-eight metal (bronze or copper) bottles bearing the name Cheng Rongzhang, six are dated to the first year of the Shunzhi era (1644); four to the second year; thirteen to the third year; four to the fourth year; one to the fifth year; seven to the sixth year; two to the seventh year, none to the eighth year; seven to the ninth year, and nine to the tenth year (1653). There are then five for which no information is available about the inscriptions. Obviously, the third year was a popular choice for the Shunzhi Bronze Forger. During his career he may have selected a year to slap on a bottle entirely at random or, in some cases, as dictated by the dealers who were disseminating the bottles to unwary collectors.\nThe same style of dragon engraving appears on bottles with both early and late dates, and some of the more sophisticated designs of birds and flowers, figures, or landscapes, which on genuine wares one might expect to follow the earlier, crudely engraved dragons, are dated to various years between the second and the tenth.\nSurprisingly, only nine out of the fifty-eight bottles shows any significant signs of wear at all, and of those only two were severely worn to the point of the designs being threatened. The rest were in remarkably crisp condition, with the engraving still relatively sharp. Where there was wear, it is quite possible that the maker faked it, as well as patination, right from the outset. Bronze wears readily in constant use, however, and even as fakes; the ones exhibiting more wear may have fallen into the hands of snuff takers and been used regularly over a long period of time.\nWhat is clearly absent is a sufficient range of wear and patination to suggest that they were used for two hundred and fifty years. As a guide to what well-handled bronze should look like from the seventeenth century, there are a range of small paperweights, many of which are well worn and smoothed through constant handling.\nEven if no longer believable as a product of the third year of Shunzhi, this snuff bottle is one of the most famous of all the Cheng Rongzhang bronze bottles, having been owned by both Lilla Perry and Bob C. Stevens and extensively illustrated. 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