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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Miró more than mirrored modernity
Joan Miró was born in Barcelona on April 20th, 1893. But it wasn’t until 1911, while on vacation with his family in Mont-Roig del Camp, that he decided to become an artist. He later said “Mallorca, Barcelona and Mont-Roig. From this triangle my art was born”. Miró more than mirrored modernity - he helped create it
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.

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La tache 1993 domaine de la romanee-conti
La Tâche 1993 Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Côte de Nuits, Grand CruLot 42: Scuffed labels, slightly scuffed capsules, otherwise excellent levels, appearance, color and clarity, Lot 43: Scuffed labels, 1 of which slightly stained, scuffed and slightly stained vintage neck labels, slightly scuffed capsules, excellent levels, color and clarity, Lot 44: Scuffed and nicked labels, slightly scuffed vintage neck labels, 1 of which peeling at the edge, slightly scuffed capsules, 1 slightly raised cork, 1 slightly sunken cork, 1 slight sign of seepage, excellent levels, color and clarity, Lot 45: Wines come from 2 different importers, scuffed labels and vintage neck labels, 2 corroded capsules, 1 wrinkled, loose capsule removed and replaced to reveal fully branded cork, 2 slightly raised corks, 1 slightly sunken cork, excellent color and clarity, Lot 46: Heavily soiled, stained, and partially missing labels and vintage neck labels, remnants of tissue paper adhered to labels, vintage missing from one label and partially missing on another, cellar records indicate 1993, 1 slightly raised cork, 2 slightly corroded capsules, excellent levels, color and clarity, Lot 47: u.2x3cm, 4 levels into the neck, heavily soiled, scuffed, and nicked labels and vintage neck labels, 2 missing vintage neck labels, 2 labels and vintage neck labels re-applied with adhesive, 2 slightly corroded capsules, 2 slightly raised corks, 2 signs of seepage, excellent color and clarity, Lot 48: u.2x3cm, wines come from 2 different importers, 5 scuffed and slightly bin-soiled labels, 1 heavily scuffed and heavily bin-soiled label and vintage neck label, 1 of which missing, scuffed capsules, 3 slightly raised corks, 2 slightly sunken corks, 2 slight signs of seepage, excellent color and clarityIn 2013, great damson fruit on the nose. Quite tannic on the palate, combined with fresh acidity, depth and follow-on. Becoming adult - and why not, at 20 years of age. Serena Sutcliffe, MW WA 90 42:6 bts (cn) 43:6 bts (cn) 44:6 bts (cn) 45:6 bts (cn) 46:6 bts (cn) 47:6 bts (cn) 48:6 bts (cn)Estimates are per lot Sotheby's
A george iv silver four-light candelabrum centerpiece, matthew boulton
On four paw feet, the tapered pedestal base applied with oak and flower sprays on two sides, central openwork support surrounded by four deachable leafy branches with lobed sconces and petaled nozzles, later cut-glass bowl, marked on frame and central stand, the nozzles by the same, 1816 Sotheby's
Two cockerels and two hens, together with a frog and a cabbage white
Engraved by N. Muxel around 1851 when the painting was in the Leuchtenberg collection.\nBears an old label with an inventory number on the reverse: R133.\nSigned with monogram lower left: GG (in compendium) DH (in compendium) Sotheby's
Chateau latour 2004
Chateau Latour 2004 \n Pauillac, 1er Cru Classe\n 90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot. At 10 years old, almost a 'Burgundian' nose. Rich, damp forest floor and undergrowth. Lots of plummy opulence in the middle, ending with a touch of 2004 dryness, but also chocolate and freshness. Mouth-coating wine. Serena Sutcliffe, MW\n Lot 181 3 mags (cn)\n per lot: GBP 800-1100\n per lot: USD 1250-1700\n per lot: EUR 1000-1350\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only\n Sotheby's
A tabriz silk rug, northwest persia
Pile generally good 1/10 inch overall with small area of foldwear low to knotheads on left side of field, a few scattered warp ties showing. Sides curling under due to density of weave. Original 2- cord selvages with some losses and fraying. Ends with trimmed warp fringes. Abrash to field as visible in catalogue illustration. Supple handle, sound fabric and good overall condition. Please note that a license may be required to export textiles, rugs and carpets of Iranian origin from the United States. Clients should enquire with the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) regarding export requirements. Please check with the Carpet department if you are uncertain as to whether a lot is subject to this restriction or if you need assistance.\nIn response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.\nNOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE. Sotheby's

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