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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Five choice objects up for auction in Islamic Week

19 October 2018

The biannual series of Islamic and Indian art auctions held in April and October offers a wide range of art and artefacts celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of the Middle East and the subcontinent. This year’s ‘Islamic Week’, running from October 22-26, includes sales from five auction houses, highlights of which are pictured below.

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Boris Karloff The Mummy 1932 film poster could set world auction record in Sotheby's online sale

16 October 2018

A film poster tagline of ‘Pratt the uncanny in The Mummy’ wouldn’t have been anywhere near as scary as ‘Karloff the uncanny in The Mummy’.

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Five musical options in tune at auctions in the UK and US

15 October 2018

Five auctions coming up featuring lots on a musical theme.

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Five auctions to watch this week (October 15-21 2018)

15 October 2018

From an Armada table to a Titanic return poster, here are five previews from upcoming sales this week.


Sotheby’s rolls out the barrel

15 October 2018

Investigation into wine storage is unusual success in computing library auction.


Silver from a Melbourne founder

15 October 2018

Presented to Captain William Lonsdale (1799-1864) in 1842 by the people of Melbourne in recognition of his services to the founding colony, the Lonsdale Silver Presentation has remained in his descendants’ care for 176 years.


Shredded £1.04m Banksy renamed ‘Love is in the Bin’ to go on show at Sotheby’s auction house

12 October 2018

The buyer of the £1.04m Banksy that was partly shredded in a publicity stunt at an auction has agreed to keep the work - which has been renamed ‘Love is in the Bin’.


Pick of the Week: Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ sells for £14.6m at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction

08 October 2018

The pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ sold in Hong Kong on October 3 for HK$130m (£12.75m) plus premium. Five bidders competed for the lot.


Banksy pranks art market with self destructing picture at Sotheby’s auction

06 October 2018

Street artist Banksy managed to prank the art market by booby trapping his ‘Girl with Balloon’ picture that sold at auction for £1.04m at Sotheby’s last night.

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Sotheby’s refutes $380m fraud claim filed in New York court

05 October 2018

Sotheby’s has described a claim filed in New York that it conspired to defraud the Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev as “entirely without merit”.

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Four collectables with royal connections up for sale this autumn

04 October 2018

Items with royal connections have extra cache for buyers when it comes to desirability and price. Here are four objects with direct connections to noble owners that are currently for sale across dealerships and auctions.

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Pair to the ‘Bainbridge vase’ sells for £14.6m at Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction

03 October 2018

The recently discovered pair to the famous ‘Bainbridge vase’ has sold in Hong Kong today for a premium-inclusive HK$149m (£14.6m). Bidding opened at HK$40 million and steadily climbed as five bidders competed for the lot.


Tower and Ohr – the auction specialists’ pick

01 October 2018

They won’t show it on the rostrum and probably not with clients but auction house professionals do have a likeness for particular artists.


Jennifer Lee’s craft recognised in academia and saleroom

01 October 2018

The profile of Scottish potter Jennifer Lee (b. 1956) received a £50,000 boost at the Royal Centre for Design in Kensington this summer when she won the Loewe Craft Prize 2018 with her abstract stoneware vessel illustrated here.


Galileo and the calculating countess

01 October 2018

An American library on the history of computing formed by the late Erwin Tomash provided the new season’s first major sale.


A flight to quality in the Irish art market

01 October 2018

Pittsburgh entrepreneur Joseph Calihan and his wife Brenda bought their first piece of Irish art – an oil by Paul Henry – in the early 1990s.

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New chief for Christie’s France as Cécile Verdier joins from Sotheby’s

27 September 2018

There will be a new face leading the French operation at Christie’s auction house next summer.

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Judge's copy of Lady Chatterley's Lover from obscenity trial to be auctioned at Sotheby’s

26 September 2018

A copy of DH Lawrence’s infamous novel Lady Chatterley's Lover, used by the judge who presided over the 1960 obscenity trial is coming to auction at Sotheby’s in London next month.


Pick of the Week: British studio pottery from Jennifer Lee thrown into new territory

24 September 2018

Proof of a burgeoning market, a series of stellar results for British studio pottery were posted at the ‘Made in Britain’ sale conducted by Sotheby’s on Bond Street.


15th century Venetian edition of Julius Caesar's 'Commentarii' takes £19,000 at Sotheby's

24 September 2018

Following on from last week’s 19th and 20th century literature round-up, this second selection focuses on earlier works sold in London and New York during the summer.