Sotheby's

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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Connoisseur collections: Two important sales at Sotheby's this month
On 30th and 31st March, Sotheby's will hold sales of two exceptional collections in Paris: art dealer Jacques Bacri and Erik Le Caruyer of Beauvais, an antique dealer and collector.
de Torres' dreamy portraits
On 23rd March, the Spanish house Durán Subastas auction will feature over 800 lots. Amongst them, a portrait by the painter Julio Romero de Torres caught our attention.
The merchants have taken over the art market, says TEFAF's Art Market Report
The big buzz at this year's TEFAF, Maastricht is the sensational numbers that describe the market distribution between trade and auction houses. What we are talking less about is the twenty billion missing in industry turnover since last year's report.
''Explosion of Hockney fans'' at Sotheby's Contemporary evening sale
In 8 days, Sotheby's London's sales totalled £350 million, a 57% increase on 2016 with several records smashed for artists at auction. 
Picasso's tomato plants come to auction after 40 years in private collection
Picasso's Tomato plants and how they became symbolic of victory in Europe will be at the forefront of Sotheby's Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale.

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Paravent à deux feuilles en cuir peint, XVIIIe siècle
Paravent à deux feuilles en cuir peint XVIIIe siècle, Les deux panneaux en cuir gauffré et peint de deux personnages orientaux ; le revers en damas rouge\nDim. d'une feuille 118 x 56 cm\nLeaf : 46 1/2 x 22 3/4 in Sotheby's
A BLUE AND WHITE GARLIC NECK BOTTLE VASE
A BLUE AND WHITE GARLIC NECK BOTTLE VASE\nMING DYNASTY, CHONGZHEN PERIOD, CIRCA 1640, The slightly compressed globular body rising from a short straight foot to a tall tapering garlic knopped neck and flaring rim, brightly painted around the body in rich cobalt-blue tones with figures in a landscape and stylised geometric floral sprays to the neck, later highlighted with European gilt decoration\n36cm., 14 1/4 in. Sotheby's
A Pair of Senna Runners, approximately 584 by 115cm. and 597 by 122cm. (2)
Two very similar Senna runners, Northwest Persia,, Approximately 584 by 115cm., 19ft. 2in. by 3ft. 9in. and 597 by 122cm; 19ft. 7in by 4ft.\nCirca 1900 Sotheby's
A MOULDED FAMILLE-ROSE PORCELAIN 'EIGHTEEN LUOHAN' SNUFF BOTTLE SEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAQING
A MOULDED FAMILLE-ROSE PORCELAIN ‘EIGHTEEN LUOHAN’ SNUFF BOTTLE\nSEAL MARK AND PERIOD OF JIAQING, 6.6 cm., 2 5/8  in. Sotheby's
Maximilien Luce, Les Berges de la Seine à Rolleboise, Oil on canvas
Signed Luce and dated 29 (lower left)\nOil on canvas\n19 3/4 by 25 1/2 in.\n50 by 65 cm\nPainted in 1929. Sotheby's

Find address and telephone number to Sotheby's

Sotheby's Stockholm
Sturegatan 24
114 36 Stockholm
Sweden
Tel: 08-679 54 78
Sotheby's Geneva
13 Quai du Mont Blanc
Geneva CH-1201
Switzerland
T: +41 22 908 4800
Sotheby's New York
1334 York Avenue
New York 10021
USA
T: +1 212 606 7000
Sotheby's Toronto
9 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto M5R 2E1
Canada
T: +1 416 926 1774
Sotheby's Milan
Palazzo Broggi, Via Broggi, 19
Milan 20129
Italy
T: +39 02 295 001
Bejing
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
UK
T: +44 20 7293 5000
Sotheby's Paris
Galerie Charpentier
76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Paris 75008
France
T: +33 1 53 05 53 05
Doha
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
China
T: +852 2524 8121
Sotheby's Zürich
Talstrasse 83
Zürich CH-8021
Switzerland
T: +41 44 226 2200
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