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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Diamond collection includes Bernini

18 January 2021

The collection of Hester Diamond, a New York art dealer, interior designer and art collector, is one of the designated single-owner offerings in Sotheby’s Masters Week series.

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Major early van Dyck among highlights at Sotheby’s Master Week sales

18 January 2021

Two auctions devoted to drawings and works on paper, one single-owner, one mixed-owner, form part of Sotheby’s Master Week sales, both staged on January 27.

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Van der Goes alongside Botticelli and Rembrandt at Sotheby's

18 January 2021

The flagship event of Sotheby’s Masters Week sale series is the January 28 Master Paintings and Sculpture auction. Its highlight entries are Botticelli’s 'Portrait of a young man holding a roundel' (estimate in excess of $80m) and Rembrandt’s 'Abraham and the Angels' guided at $20m-30m.

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Books and works on paper: Middle East volume set enthrals bidders

18 January 2021

Nineteenth century travel accounts by European visitors are sold in London auction

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Top stories this week – including news of Sotheby’s relocating in France

17 January 2021

The most popular stories on this website over the last week included news of Sotheby’s plans to move its Paris headquarters.

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Promotions, appointments and moves – the latest Movers and Shakers across the art and antiques market

12 January 2021

An update of moves and other developments from across the art and antiques industry including at Sotheby’s and Dreweatts.

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Pick of the week: Take tea with the queen – at a twelfth the normal size

11 January 2021

A copy of the Royal Doulton dinner service commissioned in 1922 for Queen Mary’s doll’s house sold for a top-estimate £30,000 (plus 25% buyer’s premium) as part of the Thomas Goode auction at Sotheby’s.

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Brit vendor trio boost for Sotheby’s

11 January 2021

Three works from British vendors were among the most notable lots at Sotheby’s (25/20/13.9% buyer’s premium + 1% overhead premium) latest Old Master evening sale in London.

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Single-owner books bring 007 heaven

11 January 2021

A significant collection of Ian Fleming’s books, typescripts and assorted autograph material raised close on £1m at Sotheby’s.

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Sotheby’s outpaces Christie’s across ‘transformative’ year

04 January 2021

Sotheby’s edged ahead of Christie’s in terms of annual turnover in 2020, with private and online sales helping both firms offset declines in totals from live auctions.

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Giacometti tables go on a trip to Paris auction

04 January 2021

Two Diego Giacometti (1902-85) bronze tables from an ‘important collection’ in Sydney appeared in a Paris auction after being consigned via an Australian saleroom.

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Five top Old Masters sold at auction in 2020

28 December 2020

Despite the obvious challenges with coronavirus this year, some notable sales still occurred in the Old Master market. Here we pick out five highlights from across the year.

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Historic tableware firm Thomas Goode & Company to sell archive and historic items in Sotheby’s auction

23 December 2020

Thomas Goode & Company, the Mayfair retailer of tableware to royalty and celebrities since the 1840s, plans an auction of its archive.

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Supply hits Old Masters auction series

21 December 2020

The traditional pre-Christmas Old Masters auctions in London were something of a mixed bag this year.

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Auctions take a hit from Covid but private and online sales rise at Sotheby’s and Christie’s

20 December 2020

Despite the challenges of a tough 2020, private and online sales have boosted the major auction houses

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An easier US election to sort out

07 December 2020

Letter informs George Washington of his election to the presidency.

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Churchill oil proves the toast of Modern British art sales this season

30 November 2020

A total of £9.23m was raised from the latest dedicated sales of Modern British art at Sotheby’s and Bonhams in London.

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Dragons of the Qing as spectacular dishes sell at Sotheby's

30 November 2020

Sotheby’s (26/21/14.9% buyer’s premium) Important Chinese Art sale on November 4 included two spectacular Qing dragon dishes – both consigned from continental European sources and both in near-perfect condition.

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Sang collection of historical documents returns to Sotheby's New York

30 November 2020

Several decades on from the last of the five major auctions Sotheby’s held to disperse items from the remarkable collections of American historical documents and letters formed by Philip (1902-75) and Elsie Sang (1906-97), a further selection appeared at Sotheby’s New York (26/20/13.9%).

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Vernet adds drama to Tivoli

23 November 2020

A painting by the celebrated landscape painter Joseph Vernet (1714-89) depicting Tivoli near Rome which has not been seen since the 19th century is making an appearance in Sotheby’s Paris rooms on December 3.

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