Over 500 works stretching from antiques to contemporary art will be in the sale room, with a combined value of more than $500 million.

John Chamberlain Captain Cooke, 1988 Estimate: $600 000–800 000 John Chamberlain
Captain Cooke, 1988
Estimate: $600 000–800 000

Willem de Kooning Untitled XXI, 1976 Estimate: $25 000,000–35 000,000 Willem de Kooning
Untitled XXI, 1976
Estimate: $25 000,000–35 000,000

Check out the video here, which plays like a snapshot into centuries of art, with works featured by Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Charles Burchfield, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael.

On 4th November the Masterworks sale will be held, followed the next day by Modern & Contemporary Art. American Art will be held on 18th November and continuing into 2016 with Old Masters to be held on 27th January.

A. Alfred Taubman at Sotheby's, London, in the 1980s A. Alfred Taubman at Sotheby's, London, in the 1980s
Image via NY Times

After months of battling with Christie's, Sotheby's won the rights to the sale of their former chairman's estate. For 22 years, Taubman was at the helm of Sotheby's, lifting it from the troubles of a struggling business into a global phenomenon of the art market.

Taubman's history with Sotheby's, however, is chequered as in 2001 he was convicted of price-fixing scheme with Christie's which took over $100 million from bidders. For this he served nearly 10 months in prison.

Sotheby's became a publicly traded company under Mr. Taubman and in 2005 Taubman sold his controlling stake in 2005.

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