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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This October, Christie's will have their first Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern art auction in October. The auction is the first in London since the auction house decided to move the sale from Dubai.
William Scott: Holidays with Rothko and £1 million Still Lifes
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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.

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Easter Day 1979; America-La France Variations III; Calligraphy I (Walker
Easter Day 1979: lithograph, initialed in blue pencil, inscribed 'OK to print 6 Nov 79', presumably the final proof before the numbered edition of 75 (total edition includes 18 artist's proofs), on Lana paper, published by Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1980-1989, framedimage: 34 1/8 by 23 in. (86.7 by 58.4 cm.)sheet: 39 by 30 1/4  in. (99.1 by 77 cm.) America-La France Variations III: lithograph printed in colors and collage, signed in pencil, inscribed 'pres proof', from the numbered edition of 70 (total edition includes 20 artist's proofs), on Arches cover paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1984, framed sheet: 48 by 30 3/4  in. (122 by 78 cm.) Calligraphy I: lithograph printed in colors, signed in pencil, inscribed 'presentation proof' from the numbered edition of 50 plus 16 artist's proofs, on Somerset mould-made paper, with the blindstamp of the publisher, Tyler Graphics Ltd., 1989, framed image: 48 1/4  by 30 3/4  in. (122.5 by 78.3 cm.)sheet: 54 1/8  by 40 1/4  in. (137.5 by 102.2 cm.) Sotheby's
Suite of 18 karat gold, platinum, turquoise and diamond jewelry, david webb
Comprising a necklace, pair of earclips and ring, the necklace set with four turquoise cabochons measuring approximately 29.7 by 21.7 by 8.6 mm to 21.1 by 14.7 by 6.7 mm, accented by round diamonds weighing approximately 7.10 carats, length 17 inches, signed Webb; the earclips set with two pear-shaped turquoise cabochons measuring approximately 25.0 by 18.6 by 6.1 mm, framed by round diamonds weighing approximately 2.45 carats, signed Webb; the ring centering a pear-shaped turquoise cabochon measuring approximately 19.9 by 13.2 by 7.2 mm, accented by round diamonds weighing approximately 1.70 carats, size 6½, fitted with inner sizing band, signed Webb; total gross weight approximately 146 dwts. Sotheby's
Fruit Basket Centerpiece
Formed as a basket turned on its side from which fruit including grapes, strawberries, cherries, pears and apples spill\nMarked on one leaf M. Buccellati Sotheby's
A bezalel silver filigree spice tower
Square tower form on stone base, tapered square stem, arched windows and domed central tower surrounded by domed turrets.\nSigned in Hebrew on base rim. Sotheby's
A Fine Chippendale Carved and Figured Walnut Dressing Table
The Kollock Family Fine Chippendale Carved and Figured Walnut Dressing Table, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania\ncirca 1779, Height 29 1/2 in. by Width 34 3/4 in. by Depth 19 1/4 in. 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
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Sotheby's Milan
Palazzo Broggi, Via Broggi, 19
Milan 20129
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906, 9th Floor, Raffles City Beijing Office Tower
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Tel: +86 10 8409 4018
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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