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.


Paul Gauguin view of Pissarro’s garden

Paul Gauguin garden scene with bonus of the artist’s ‘earliest’ self portraits on the back

21 February 2019

A three-in-one opportunity to purchase rare early works by Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) comes up in Paris this month.

Rembrandt’s ‘Head of a Young Man’

Louvre Abu Dhabi revealed as buyer of £8.2m Rembrandt portrait at Sotheby’s

18 February 2019

The Louvre Abu Dhabi has been revealed as the buyer of the small Rembrandt oil painting that led Sotheby’s Old Master evening sale in London at the end of last year after it went on view at the museum in the United Arab Emirates.

img_28-1.jpg

Famous facsimiles of Declaration of Independence set records

18 February 2019

Two examples of a celebrated Declaration of Independence copy hit new highs a month apart.

img_28-2.jpg

Framing technique sets plates up to sell well

18 February 2019

Drawn from sales held in the last days of January in the UK and US, an artistic device of framing a view with trees in the foreground is demonstrated in the two plates reproduced below.

Auction

UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

img_31-1.jpg

London auction reveals splendours of La Serenissima

11 February 2019

Copies of Giacomo Franco’s Habiti d’huomeni et donne venetiane…, a collection of detailed views and scenes of Venetian life and costume published c.1610, vary in the numbers of plates they present.

Charles Darwin

Darwin’s handwritten page from ‘On the Origin of Species’ barred from export in hope of finding UK buyer

08 February 2019

The owner of a handwritten page from Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ has been temporarily prevented from exporting it out of the UK by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Cast of Eros by Alfred Gilbert

Eros sculpture is highpoint of The Fine Art Society sale at Sotheby’s

07 February 2019

Casts of two key works from the New Sculpture movement topped Sotheby’s sale titled The Fine Art Society: 142 years on New Bond Street.

img_5-1.jpg

Drawing conclusions from NY Old Master sales as women artists emerge triumphant

04 February 2019

A record for a female Old Master and a Rubens with a royal connection was not quite enough to heat up bidding across the latest Old Master auction series in New York this winter.

img_22-1.jpg

Buyer invests in a very rare work on stock exchanges

04 February 2019

A “legendarily rare first edition” of the first book to describe the workings of a stock exchange sold at a high-estimate $300,000 (£238,095) in the days leading up to Christmas.

Portrait of Muhammad Dervish Khan by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun

Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun portrait triples the auction record for any female Old Master

31 January 2019

A life-sized portrait by Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755-1842) set a record for any female Old Master when it was knocked down at $6.1m (£4.67m) at Sotheby’s New York last night.

Peter Paul Rubens drawing

Dutch royal family Rubens drawing sets $7m auction record

30 January 2019

A sketch by Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) that formerly belonged to the Dutch King William II and his wife Anna Pavlovna has set an auction record for a drawing by the artist at Sotheby’s New York.

img_8-2.jpg

Pick of the week: English tin-glazed earthenware cat jug claws its way to new owner

28 January 2019

The precise function of the series of English tin-glazed earthenware seated cat jugs common to the 1650s-70s is unknown but, as many are dated and initialled, they may have been given as marriage or betrothal gifts.

Candlestick

What lots caught bidders’ eyes in the last week? Five auction highlights including a rare 17th century candlestick and an Arts and Crafts brooch

25 January 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week include a pencil collection, a rare candlestick and an Arts and Crafts brooch.

‘Triestiner Fischerboot’ by Egon Schiele

Rare painting by Egon Schiele to appear at auction for the first time at Sotheby’s

25 January 2019

An unusual painting of a fishing boat by Egon Schiele (1890-1918) will be auctioned at Sotheby’s in London next month.

img_21-1.jpg

Romantic landscape painter at the heart of a sale series

21 January 2019

Much of the pre-sale interest in the 19th century paintings offered at the major London rooms centred on two landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

img_26-2.jpg

Small marvel by miniature master

21 January 2019

Dated to c.1480, the 5in (12.5cm) tall painting on vellum of ‘King David in Penitence’ shown right was one of two works by the Master of the Houghton Miniatures offered by Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium) in a December 4 sale and sold at £90,000.

Vogel sale

Six remarkable objects from the collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III at auction this weekend

17 January 2019

The collection of Anne and Frederick Vogel III – for sale at Sotheby’s New York on Saturday – includes not just a stellar array of early American furniture but also a remarkable collection of early English delftware, metalwork, textiles and related vernacular works of art.

img_20-1.jpg

Burne-Jones stars at auction as first major London exhibition for over four decades opens

14 January 2019

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) was the toast of London during the latest Victorian art sales held in the capital, where buyers continued to covet blue-chip Pre-Raphaelite art, market-fresh material – and invest in female names.

img_21-3.jpg

Moonlight artist John Atkinson Grimshaw in the spotlight

14 January 2019

A trademark nocturnal scene by Victorian painter John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836-93) got away on low estimate for £80,000 at John Nicholson’s (25% buyer’s premium) of Haslemere in Surrey.

News

Categories