Sotheby's

Sotheby’s have been holding auctions since 1744.  Founded in London, where they moved into salerooms on Bond Street in 1917, Sotheby’s expanded to New York in 1955 and now have salerooms and offices around the world.

Sotheby’s offer specialist sales in over 70 different categories though four major salerooms, six smaller ones and through their online bidding platform BIDnow.


Vétheuil by Claude Monet

Sotheby’s to offer major English collection this summer

25 May 2022

An important English collection of Impressionist pictures, silver and furniture will be auctioned across eight different sales at Sotheby’s this summer.

Silver casket with Dr Anna Groundwater

Mary, Queen of Scots silver casket sold to Scottish museum for £1.8m

24 May 2022

A casket believed to have once belonged to Mary, Queen of Scots has been bought by the National Museum of Scotland with help from donors and art funds.

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'Kitchen' vase flies to £1.2m at Dreweatts and leads UK Asian art sales

23 May 2022

A £1.2m house record at Dreweatts was the highlight of the recent round of UK Asian art sales.

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New York sales underline market strength

23 May 2022

Underlining the recovery of the post-covid art market, at the very top-end at least, the latest series of 20th and 21st century auctions in New York posted a record total for a flagship auction fortnight.

Woolley & Wallis

New appointments and premises across the world of art and antiques

10 May 2022

New faces at Woolley & Wallis, Runjeet Singh and Freeman’s are among the latest Movers & Shakers.

Soapstone seal

Winning the seal of approval: Emperor’s stamp from Wou Kiuan collection brings £13m

09 May 2022

A soapstone seal used by the emperor Qianlong to express his approval of paintings and calligraphy in the imperial collection sold at auction in Hong Kong for HK$131m (£13m) on April 29.

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Elizabeth I displays her lion heart in letter sold at Sotheby's

09 May 2022

Letter to adviser in 1592 underlines her frustration at the French king’s policies

Diego Maradona’s shirt from the 1986 World Cup

Record for sporting memorabilia as Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup shirt sells for £6m at Sotheby’s

05 May 2022

Diego Maradona’s 1986 World Cup shirt worn in the quarter final against England set a record for any piece of sporting memorabilia when it took £6m at Sotheby’s.

Rebecca Solomon picture

Princeton University Art Museum revealed as buyer of picture by female Pre-Raphaelite artist

05 May 2022

A work by Rebecca Solomon (1832-86) offered at Sotheby’s was bought by The Princeton University Art Museum.

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How bazaar – Roberts Cairo scene

02 May 2022

Street view by British artist offered in Orientalist sale sells at four times estimate

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Kangxi famille noire vase offered at Sotheby’s

02 May 2022

The sale of Important Chinese Art at Sotheby’s on May 11 includes this monumental Kangxi famille noire vase estimated at £220,000-280,000.

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Homage to pioneering art dealer at Sotheby’s Paris

25 April 2022

It was a white-glove result for the sale of works from the collection of André Mourgues at Sotheby’s Paris (25/20/10.9% buyer’s premium plus 1% overhead premium) where the 79 lots raised a premium-inclusive total that was just a shade under €10m.

Yves Klein receipt

Invisible work by artist Yves Klein sells at Paris auction

12 April 2022

A receipt granting ownership to an invisible work of art by artist Yves Klein sold for a hammer price of €850,000 (£710,000) or €1.1m including buyer’s premium at Sotheby’s Paris.

Isnik tile

Isnik tile makes second spectacular sale appearance

04 April 2022

An Isnik fritware tile familiar to ATG readers made its second visit to the saleroom last week.

Sotheby's

Russia Week axed after new sanctions

21 March 2022

In the wake of new sanctions on Russia, auction houses Sotheby’s, Christie’s and Bonhams have cancelled sales of Russian art in London scheduled for June.

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Early images of Yosemite and Yellowstone emerge in US sales

21 March 2022

Running to 63 photographs, a virtually complete set of those produced for Carleton Watkins’ 1863 publication '…Photographic Views of the Falls and Valley of Yosemite' in Mariposa County, California featured in a January 27 sale at Nate D Sanders (25% buyer’s premium) of Los Angeles.

Canova sculpture

Long lost Canova sculpture bought at a garden auction for less than £5000 to be offered for £5m-8m at Christie's

18 March 2022

A long lost Antonio Canova (1757-1822) sculpture that previously sold for around £4400 in a garden statuary auction in 2002 is to be offered at Christie’s on July 7 with an estimate of £5m-8m.

Lute music manuscript

UK government blocks 17th century lute music collection from leaving the country

15 March 2022

A temporary export bar has been placed on an early 17th century manuscript of lute music in the hope a buyer in the UK can be found.

Oleksandr Bohomazov's Landscape, Caucasus (undulating composition)

Auction houses ban Russian bidders as sanctions take hold

07 March 2022

A number of UK auction houses have stopped taking bids from buyers in Russia in response to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Surrealist entrance to Sotheby's

London series topped by £51.5m record for Magritte

07 March 2022

A Surrealist painting by René Magritte (1898-1967) led the latest round of Modern and Contemporary art sales in London.

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