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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A long way to go for pay equality in UK auction houses…
The three top UK auction houses pay women between 22% and 37% less than men, official data finds.
New record at Sotheby's
This morning, on 3 April 2018, Sotheby's broke new records in Hong Kong as Buddhist Manuscript was sold for £21,656,005! The auction also included a Falangcai Bowl sold for the same amount as well as an Imperial Handscroll for £13,311,858.
Salon du Dessin, A drawing success
Salon du Dessin is the fair for sophisticated amateurs of art on paper. Always kept “small” by today’s fair standard, Salon du Dessin is at the same time niche and accessible. The only fair you can fully experience in 40 minutes just ended on high note.
Julio Romero de Torres and diamonds friends at Durán
Spanish auction house Durán Arte y Subastas is holding a multidisciplinary sale on 20 March in Madrid, offering paintings alongside jewellery and objets d’art. Here’s a small selection of a few choice morsels.
Get a load of these carats: Diamonds at John Pye
We check out three beautiful diamonds currently up for auction at John Pye.

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Chateau la fleur petrus 1976
Chateau La Fleur Petrus 1976 \n Pomerol\n Lot 653: u. 7bn, 1vts, 1ts, 2 labels slightly glue striped, rest very slightly glue striped \n Lot 654: u. 9bn, 1vts, 1ts, labels slightly glue striped \n Lot 655: u. 2bn, 5vts, 4ts, 2 labels slightly glue striped, rest very slightly glue striped, 2 capsules slightly damaged at base by divider\n Lot 653 12 bts (owc)\n Lot 654 12 bts (owc)\n Lot 655 12 bts (owc)\n per lot: GBP 880-1050\n per lot: USD 1150-1350\n per lot: EUR 1000-1250\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\nOffered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
A folio from the rasika priya of keshav das | a folio from the rasika
Krishna and Radha alone in a red-chambered pavilion. She turns from him in annoyance. Gopis and gopas converse on the mossy green ground. Stylized trees blossom. A hint of dark blue evening sky visible at the upper left. Sotheby's
A Demonstration of the Trueth of That Discipline Which Christe Hath
8vo (5 1/8 x 3 1/2 in.; 130 x 89 mm). Folding table; title-page age-darkened, last text leaf (Q3) age-darkened and extended, lacks final blank. Modern brown morocco paneled in gilt and blind, the spine in six compartments gilt, lettered in the second compartment, edges gilt; joints rubbed, corners slightly nicked.\nFirst edition, the first book printed at Waldegrave's secret Marprelate press in East Molesey, Sussex. In it Udall denounced "the supposed governors of the church of England, the archbishops, lord-bishops, archdeacons, and the rest of that order." The Demonstration was secretly distributed in November, at the same time as John Penry's Epistle (STC 17453), the first of the distinctive Martin Marprelate tracts, which Waldegrave also put into type at the East Molesey. Udall was eventually tried and imprisoned for this publication. Sotheby's
A bamboo 'scrolling cloud' inkstick rest mark and period of qianlong, dated
Of rectangular form, deftly carved in openwork as ruyi-shaped cloud swirls resting on four small ruyi-shaped scroll feet, the underside incised with a four-character reign mark reading Qianlong wushen above a seal mark reading Wang Qi, the bamboo patinated to a warm honey-brown tone\nInkstick rests fashioned in bamboo are extremely rare and even more unusual are those bearing an imperial cyclical date and a seal mark as seen on this example. The inscription reads Qianlong wushen which corresponds to 1788 of Qianlong’s reign, and the seal reads Wang Qi which may be a reference to the second half of the 18th century carver artist Wang Yi. Wang Yi was a native of Jiading in Jiangsu province, and became renowned for his flower carvings, especially orchids. He was the son of Wang Zhi and the grandson of Wang Zhiyu, and had an extensive career, working till the age of seventy, when he died. The present inkstick rest is remarkable for the delicate and highly skilled carving of a simple yet most endearing subject matter of auspicious ‘wish-granting’ ruyi shaped clouds (ruyi yun). Clouds in China were also used as a pun for fortune (yun), while they also stand for high rank in office as clouds dwell high in the sky. While the cloud motif is well known from decoration found on decorative arts, especially ceramics, to see it in a three dimensional form is very unusual. Inkstick rests were part of the paraphernalia found on the scholar’s desk in his studio. A complete set of scholar’s tools made in bamboo veneer, which includes an inkstick rest, is in the collection of the Palace Museum, Beijing, illustrated in Ji Rexin, Ming Qing zhuke yishu / The Art of Ming and Qing Bamboo Carving\, Taipei, 1999, fig. 62.\nSee an unmarked bamboo inkstick rest carved in the round in the form of two clumps of plum blossoms, illustrated in Simon Kwan, Ming and Qing Bamboo, Hong Kong, 200, pl. 63, attributed to the early Qing period, together with an inkstick rest carved with a scene depicting the nine elders of Xiang shan, attributed to the late Qing dynasty, pl. 147. Sotheby's

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