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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William Scott: Holidays with Rothko and £1 million Still Lifes
Born in Greenock, Scotland in 1913, before moving to his father's birthplace of Enniskillen in Northern Ireland, William Scott became one of the most internationally celebrated Ulster painters of the 20th century.
Agapito Labios: From prison cells to Sotheby's and Christie's
Mexican Artist Agapito Labios started his career from a prison cell. We take a look at his story and see how his work went from prison to auctions at Sotheby's and Christie's.
The wonderful world of Wouters
With works in The Hague's collection and the famed artist hotspot Hotel Spaander, we discover the life of Dutch artist Wilm Wouters.
Dalí's suitcase of wonder up for auction in artist's native Spain
What does the Dalí collector who has everything buy at auction? Well a suitcase that looks like it could be carried by Lewis Carroll's Mad Hatter featuring a treasure trove of Dalí's surreal works inside.
Warhol's first Self Portrait to be offered at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London
A work from Andy Warhol's very first series of self-portraits will star as part of Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening Auction in London on 28th June. The piece captures the man behind all the icons, as this was the first time that Warhol stepped out from behind the camera and into the glare of its flashbulb.

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A wooded landscape with a deer nearby a river
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Vega sicilia 'unico' 1962
Vega Sicilia 'Unico' 1962 Ribera del Duero1 mag - u. bn, good color and clarity, slightly worn capsule otherwise very good appearance, 1 mag - Level into neck, good color and clarity, slightly scuffed label70% Tinto Fino, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. Very 'classic' nose, young, fresh and healthy. Walnutty, quite mineral taste. So much body, but the texture is fine-grained. Very crisp, with a finish of walnut liqueur and a touch of chocolate. Another bottle had a lovely complex, complicated bouquet and taste, with every sip revealing another aspect. Very solid, firm and full of body, with a great peppermint after-flavour. In 2013, the peppermint is there on the nose. Terrific sweetness, volume and body on the palate. Very great wine and an absolute star in the firmament of Vega Sicilia. Serena Sutcliffe, MW2 mags (2 owc)Estimates are per lot Sotheby's
Etching, 1971, with the stamp signature, inscribed in pencil 'EA IX/XV', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 50, plate 120 from the 156 Series, on Rives wove paper, printed by Galerie Louise Leiris in 1975, framed Sotheby's
Chateau talbot 1986
Chateau Talbot 1986 \n St. Julien, 4eme Cru Classe\n u. 1bn, 3vts, 1t/hs, 5 slightly scuffed labels\n A wonderful spicy, aromatic nose of mature Cabernet Sauvignon. Blackcurrants and blackberries. An extraordinary mouthful. Massive black fruit and ripe tannins. This is a "grand vin" and one of the best Talbots ever. Glorious glossy fruit. An absolute star - I wish I had some. Serena Sutcliffe, MW\n Lot 240 6 bts (sc)\n per lot: USD 550-750 Sotheby's
Krug 1996
Krug 1996 \n Champagne\n Lots 51-53: Packed in individual presentation cases, Lot 54: Packed in individual wooden presentation cases\n 17 different growths. Pinot Noir 48%, Pinot Meunier 21%, Chardonnay 31%. In 2012, a wonderful nose of mandarin orange zests, with a touch of melon - un grand depart! So 'winey' on the palate, with great vinosity and shape. This is monumental Krug and, incidentally, the last year when Paul Krug was part of the tasting team - this pays a last tribute to him. Seamless fruit. I wonder whether it has some similarity with the legendary 1928 at the same age - we can only surmise, but it would be logical given the structure. Keep on checking! SS.\n \n The Winter was rainy with massive frosts on the 20th and 22nd of February. March and April were sunny and dry with some frosts at night. May was rainy followed by a mild Summer. September was very dry and sunny with cool nights leading to perfect conditions. Flowering was on the 19th of June and harvest began on the 20th of September. Production was an average of 10400 kg per hectare with alcoholic content of 9.7 degrees and acidity of 12.3 grams per liter. \n Lot 54 3 jero - 3 liters (3 oc)\n per lot: USD 5500-7500 Sotheby's

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