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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Storied jewels from Mountbatten

12 April 2021

Sotheby’s sold the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma at the end of last month.

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Royal jewels at Christie’s and Sotheby’s including a tiara that you can try on virtually

12 April 2021

A spectacular parure of sapphires and diamonds, from the collection of Napoleon’s adoptive daughter, Stephanie de Beauharnais, Grand Duchess of Baden (1789-1860), is for sale at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction in Geneva on May 12.

The Banks Diamond

Mountbatten family collection raises £5.6m at Sotheby’s

05 April 2021

Sotheby’s reported 1400 bidders from 55 countries participating in the auction of the collection of Patricia Knatchbull, 2nd Countess Mountbatten of Burma (1924-2017).

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Banksy: far from anonymous in the art market

29 March 2021

For people who follow the art market, Banksy (b.1975) is now impossible to ignore.

Yongle period blue and white bowl

$35 yard sale find stars in Asia Week New York

22 March 2021

Bought for just $35 at a yard sale in Connecticut last year, this small blue and white ‘lotus bud’ bowl proved one of the star lots of Asia Week New York.

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How to get away with murder

22 March 2021

Collection offered in London auction included Agatha Christie and other crime classics

Shang gui bronze

Pick of the week: Shang shines in two New York auctions

22 March 2021

Archaic Chinese bronzes were the stand out lots in Asian Art Week in New York this month.

Stuart Weitzman

Designer Stuart Weitzman’s treasures at Sotheby’s could set records for any coin and stamp

16 March 2021

Sotheby’s is staging a three-lot sale of exceptional items from the collection of luxury shoe designer Stuart Weitzman this summer.

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Asia Week New York: The gavel go-ahead

08 March 2021

Auction houses are getting back to normal for this latest staging of the New York Asian art spotlight, although new import taxes are having an effect.

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Taste of adventure: Omega ‘Red Racing Dial’ Speedmaster emerges at Sotheby's

08 March 2021

A recent Sotheby’s New York (26% buyer’s premium) sale included this rare ‘Red Racing Dial’ Speedmaster consigned by the original owner.

Vincent van Gogh Montmartre painting

Sotheby’s to offer a van Gogh as Bonhams unveil a Picasso

27 February 2021

Two major consignments of Impressionist and Modern art have been announced in the last week.

Anne Marion

$150m art collection of a US cattle rancher, oil magnate and philanthropist comes to auction at Sotheby’s

25 February 2021

The art collection of the late Anne Marion (1938-2020), a cattle rancher, oil magnate and philanthropist, will be offered at Sotheby’s in May.

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Miniature powers up to £1.2m

15 February 2021

Work produced in Brussels in the 1530s by a master of illumination soars way over estimate in Sotheby's London auction

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Lady Mountbatten collection up for sale at Sotheby's

08 February 2021

A 350-lot sale of items from the collection of Lady Mountbatten including jewellery, furniture, paintings, sculptures, books, silver and ceramics will be offered at Sotheby’s on March 24.

Chinese export elephant form tureens

Pick of the week: Buyer figures out the tureen differences

01 February 2021

Tureens in the form of geese, cockerel, carp, ox head, boar’s head and other animals were an integral part of the grand display in an 18th century European dining room.

Young Man Holding a Roundel’ by Sandro Botticelli

Sandro Botticelli portrait takes $80m at Sotheby’s Old Master auction in New York

28 January 2021

A portrait by Sandro Botticelli (c.1445-1510) sold for $80m (£58.4m) at Sotheby’s in New York today. With fees the price was $92.2m.

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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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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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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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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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