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.


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Sotheby’s wins court case over a disputed €10m ‘Frans Hals’ painting

11 December 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has won its case against the former business partner of Old Master picture dealer Mark Weiss over a Frans Hals (1582-1666) painting that Sotheby’s now deems is a fake.

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Miracles of Saint Clare lift Old Masters series

09 December 2019

Two recently restituted panels by Sienese artist Giovanni di Paolo (c.1399-1482) lifted the latest series of Old Master auctions in London.

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Robert Bevan's horse-drawn cab painting hailed by bidders at London's Mod Brit series

09 December 2019

A Post-Impressionist painting of a horse-drawn hansom cab by Robert Bevan (1865-1925) was one of the headline lots at the Modern British art sales in London.

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Beautiful botanical volumes

09 December 2019

Though the splendid but incomplete copy of Jakob Christoph Trew’s 'Hortus nitidissims… floribus' previewed in ATG No 2018 got close to the high estimate in selling at £85,000 as part of the opening, natural history section of a recent London sale, a number of other top lots failed to find buyers.

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Suprematism tops solid ‘Londongrad’ sales

02 December 2019

London’s Russian week of auctions put in a consistent performance last week with the sales at four salerooms generating a combined £37.5m with fees. This compared to £39.2m for the equivalent series last year and the £35.8m raised at the June series.

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More accessible options at Paris Old Master sales

02 December 2019

Plenty of opportunities were available to purchase Old Master or 19th century works for more affordable prices across Paris last month. Pictured here are three works from recent auctions.

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Works by followers and pupils of Leonardo da Vinci highlight French Old Master sales

02 December 2019

Old Masters are much to the fore in the calendar across Europe at this time in the auction season.

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The Château de Pontchartrain provenance provides lustre to Drouot and Sotheby's auctions

02 December 2019

The Château de Pontchartrain and the Phélypeaux family who lived there for almost two centuries was much in evidence as a provenance in the recent sales in Paris.

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Copy of the world’s most expensive natural history book flies into auction at Sotheby’s

26 November 2019

A copy of The Birds of America by John James Audubon (1785-1851) will be offered at Sotheby’s Fine Books and Manuscripts sale on December 18 in New York.

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Starr's encaustic-ware amphora back on market a decade later

25 November 2019

A more recent purchase for the Starrs was this late-18th century, 10¼in (26cm) high, black basalt two handled amphora, from the section of encaustic-decorated wares that were inspired by classical attic vases.

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Henry Arnhold’s sale led by Meissen blue and white saucer dish at Sotheby's

25 November 2019

The most expensive piece in Sotheby’s Arnhold sale was a lot that made a dramatic increase on its $4000-6000 estimate. This 7½in (19.5cm) diameter blue and white saucer dish (below) was an early example of blue and white Meissen from c.1721-22 that had Japanese Palace inventory marks.

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Single sources boost traditional ceramics

25 November 2019

High selling rates at two American salerooms show how the market can absorb traditional ceramics in volume when estimates are realistic

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Bidders sniff out early scent bottles at New York sales

25 November 2019

Early-18th century porcelain scent bottles from Chelsea and the St James’s factory have been the object of increasing interest and value in recent years. Some high-flying examples emerged in the sales in New York.

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Bow blue and white pot from c.1750 exceeds estimate at Starr sale

25 November 2019

After their intitial interest in Wedgwood, the Starrs went on to collect other examples of early English porcelain, some of which was keenly pursued in Sotheby’s sale.

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Starrs collection boosted by George Owen pieces for Royal Worcester

25 November 2019

The Starrs collection at Sotheby’s featured 25 reticulated vases or decorative objects produced by George Owen for Royal Worcester, most them purchased at auction in the early 1980s.

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National Gallery appeals for £2m from public to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

12 November 2019

London’s National Gallery is asking for the public’s help to raise the final £2m required to buy 'The Finding of Moses' by Orazio Gentileschi (1563-1639) from its owner, entrepreneur and founder of the DFS furniture retailer, Graham Kirkham.

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Drummer from The Strokes and his Old Master dealer namesake Fabrizio Moretti team up for Sotheby’s auction

11 November 2019

Old Master picture dealer Fabrizio Moretti and his namesake Fabrizio (Fab) Moretti from the band The Strokes have teamed up to hold an Old Master pictures and sculptures auction at Sotheby’s in New York in December.

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Qing magnificence rules across Asian Art in London sale series

11 November 2019

Market-fresh examples of Qing imperial splendour dominated a week of auctions timed to coincide with this year’s Asian Art in London event.

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Previews: £20,000 plus

11 November 2019

Our weekly selection from salerooms.

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Boz kicks off a splendid Dickens collection

11 November 2019

Drizen Dickens lots notch up notable results despite some higher-value unsolds.

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