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.


Mughal spectacles

Asian Art in London Indian and Islamic award winners announced

21 October 2021

As its annual festival of exhibitions and sales gets under way, Asian Art in London has announced the winners of its Indian and Islamic awards.

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Japanese auctions trio to be staged by Sotheby's

18 October 2021

Sotheby’s will hold three online sales of Japanese works of art that run from October 22 and close from November 2-5.

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Family values: the Ezekiel collection

18 October 2021

Sotheby’s Important Chinese Art sale on November 3 includes a group of Chinese porcelains, jades and small works of art from the collection, formed by Marcus Ezekiel (1854-1927) and his son Victor (1905-76) in the first part of the 20th century.

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Schwitters in the mix

18 October 2021

A number of French auction houses will be holding sales of Modern and Contemporary art to coincide with FIAC, the annual Paris fair devoted to Contemporary art, which takes place this year from October 21-24.

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Banksy’s shredded canvas ‘Love is in the Bin’ fetches a record £16m at Sotheby’s

14 October 2021

The half-shredded Banksy painting ‘Love is in the Bin’ returned to auction, bringing a fervent competition and making a record £16m at Sotheby's.

Jean-Léon Gérôme picture

Orientalist painting authenticated on BBC show 'Fake or Fortune?' heads to auction at Sotheby’s

13 October 2021

A picture bought for around £4000 and eventually authenticated on the BBC programme 'Fake or Fortune?' as by 19th-century French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme is to be offered at Sotheby’s with an estimate of £80,000-120,000.

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Exceptional copy of TS Eliot poem published in New York makes record

11 October 2021

Uncut and in near pristine condition, an exceptional first-state copy of TS Eliot’s poem The Waste Land was the top lot and also a recordbreaker at a Sotheby’s New York (26/20/13.9%% buyer’s premium) online sale.

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Plath and Hughes items with personal insights

11 October 2021

Consigned by Frieda Hughes, who was not yet three years old when her mother took her own life, a collection of Sylvia Plath’s letters to Ted Hughes was sold by Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium) in a timed online auction.

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Houdini held upside down

11 October 2021

Sotheby’s New York is selling the Ricky Jay collection on October 27-28.

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Asian art auction previews: Portrait of power

11 October 2021

This late 16th or early 17th century portrait depicts the Hurrem Sultan Roxelana (1502-58), the legendary wife of the longest reigning Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (r.1520- 66). She became the most powerful and influential woman in Ottoman history.

‘Diego y yo’ by Frida Kahlo

Sotheby’s adjusts sale categories in time for upcoming New York auction series

08 October 2021

Sotheby’s has tweaked its sale categories for its flagship 20th and 21st century art auctions and will apply the changes at its upcoming New York series in November.

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Just William books post mixed results at Sotheby's

04 October 2021

A group of Richmal Crompton’s Just William books that had an appealing family provenance were offered without reserve at Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

Claude Lalanne’s bronze ‘L’Enlèvement d’Europe’

Modern sculpture’s power couple: Works by the Lalannes continue to rise at auction

25 September 2021

Demand for works by the artist duo Claude Lalanne (1925-2019) and her husband François-Xavier Lalanne (1927-2008) continues on a roll.

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New joiners and returning faces in the art and antiques sector

23 September 2021

A round-up of Movers and Shakers across auction houses in the UK, Europe and US.

Bonhams Paris

Bonhams to open saleroom in Paris as Sotheby’s expands wine sales in France

22 September 2021

Auction house Bonhams is to open its first dedicated saleroom in Europe this month.

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White gloves for Oppenheimer sale of Meissen porcelain at Sotheby’s

20 September 2021

Every lot of a collection of Meissen porcelain, restituted earlier this year to the heirs of Dr Franz Oppenheimer, was sold in a recent US sale.

Richard Parkes Bonington view of venice

Sotheby’s to auction works from late art dealer Richard Feigen’s collection

17 September 2021

Sotheby’s is staging a dedicated sale of 55 works from the collection of the late New York art dealer Richard L Feigen (1930-2021).

A hat worn by Napoleon

Hats off at Sotheby's to ‘Les Arts sous influence Napoléon’

13 September 2021

To mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death, Sotheby’s is holding an auction from September 15-22 in Paris titled Les Arts sous Influence: Napoléon.

A five-piece altar garniture

Five-piece altar garniture became a family fixture

13 September 2021

This rare Qianlong mark and period gold-ground famille-rose five-piece altar garniture (wu gong) carries an estimate of $600,000-800,000 at Sotheby’s on September 21.

Cy Twombly, Untitled 2007

Sotheby’s reveals consignment win via livestreamed video

10 September 2021

Sotheby’s chose to announce its winning of a prestigious consignment via a livestreamed video involving specialists across the US, Europe and Asia.

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