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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‘The finest piece of imperial glass to survive’ sells at nine-fold increase since 2000

14 October 2019

The most important example of Qing glassware to appear at auction sold for HK$180m (£18m) – the highlight of Sotheby’s recent series in Hong Kong.

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Classic Wedgwood and Meissen features in New York from two single-owner groups

14 October 2019

A feast of English and Continental ceramics will be laid on in the Big Apple next week to tempt enthusiasts for classic 18th and 19th century pottery and porcelain from two of the major factories of western Europe.

Andrea Mantegna drawing

Rare Andrea Mantegna drawing estimated to make over $12m at Sotheby’s auction

11 October 2019

One of only around 20 known drawings by Andrea Mantegna (c.1431-1506) will be the highlight of Sotheby’s Old Master drawings auction in New York next year.

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Commons goes ape for Banksy auction record

07 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art auction on October 3.

‘Devolved Parliament by Banksy

Major record for Banksy as ‘Devolved Parliament’ brings lengthy bidding contest at Sotheby’s

04 October 2019

Banksy’s derisive portrayal of The House of Commons reduced to an assembly of primates achieved a record £8.5m (plus premium) in Sotheby’s latest Contemporary Art evening sale.

Bristol University to buy judge's copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover' from famous obscenity trial

02 October 2019

Fundraising led by writers’ association English PEN has helped save for the nation the judge’s annotated copy of 'Lady Chatterley’s Lover'.

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Where to see and buy Islamic art in London this autumn

01 October 2019

The major auction houses host their biannual Islamic Art Week auctions in April and October, and this month a series of events and auctions are planned across the capital.

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Metropolitan Museum of Art sells off Irving gift at New York Asia Week auction

16 September 2019

Sotheby’s opened its September Asia Week auctions in New York on September 10 with the $8.3m sale of Chinese art consigned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Differing Defoes in single sale

16 September 2019

Very different works by Daniel Defoe featured in an online summer sale in London: one famous, the other far removed in its subject matter and probably little known.

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‘Stolen’ Joshua Reynolds portrait at centre of controversy between UK family and Japanese museum

12 September 2019

A Japanese museum has claimed it bought a painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds “in good faith and without fault from a respectable art dealer” after it was identified as being stolen from a UK stately home.

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Shareholders approve sale of Sotheby’s to Patrick Drahi

05 September 2019

Sotheby’s shareholders have approved a $3.7bn deal to sell the company to media and telecoms entrepreneur Patrick Drahi.

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Kipling pens his reading guidelines

02 September 2019

Almost exactly contemporary, the two works featured here came from the library of Christian Heuer and were offered as part of a July 1-9 summer sale at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium). Both are distinguished by the observations of their authors.

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Astronauts mark fact from fiction

02 September 2019

The highest prices recorded in a Space Exploration sale on July 20 were for video recordings and documents relating to the Apollo 11 mission that featured the first moon landing, but a much earlier, fictional account of a lunar expedition also impressed.

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Sotheby’s shareholders to vote on Patrick Dhahi deal

28 August 2019

Sotheby’s shareholders will gather in New York next week to vote on the proposed sale of the company to Patrick Drahi. The board is recommending approval but several investors have raised concerns over the deal.

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Rackham is saluted in online sale

26 August 2019

“The wayfarer, as he reached him, saluted with a gesture of courtesy that had something foreign about it”.

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Metropolitan Museum to auction off 300 Asian works of art at Sotheby’s New York

21 August 2019

A large jade brushpot from the Qing Dynasty is expected to lead a collection of more than 300 Chinese works of art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art going under the hammer at Sotheby’s New York this September.

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Early birds catch bidders’ eye

19 August 2019

Lots offered towards the start of sales at the same auction house prove successful.

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Husband-and-wife artists potential stars in Sydney sale

19 August 2019

Two French scenes by much-travelled husband-and-wife artists Ethel Carrick (1872-1952) and Emanuel Phillips Fox (1865-1915) are highlights of Sotheby’s sale of Australian Art to be held in Sydney on August 27.

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Sotheby’s holds Scottish art preview at new Edinburgh home

14 August 2019

Sotheby’s is holding a three-day preview at its new Edinburgh premises with around 50 lots of Scottish art on view which will then be offered for sale in London in September.

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Thar she blows for auction record

12 August 2019

Published in 1851 by Richard Bentley as The Whale, the first English edition of Herman Melville’s tale preceded the American issue by four weeks.

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