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.


Portrait of Prince William

UK buyer sought for rare portrait of the future King William IV

22 December 2021

An export block has been placed on a portrait of the future King William IV painted during the American Revolutionary war, in the hope a UK buyer can be found.

Biffin watercolour

The £9000 tribute to the talented Miss Biffin

20 December 2021

A rare work by Sarah Biffin (1784-1850), the early 19th century artist born without limbs, sold for £9000 at Sworders on December 15.

First Commonplace Book

Historic library connected to Brontë family saved for the nation in £15.3m purchase with help from Britain’s richest man

18 December 2021

The Honresfield Library of British Literature, containing more than 500 manuscripts, first editions and letters including works by the Brontë family, Robert Burns and Walter Scott, has been purchased by the Friends of the National Libraries for £15.3m.

Sandro Botticelli ‘Young Man Holding a Roundel’

Sotheby’s announces best ever year for sales with new bidders and online growth a big boost

15 December 2021

Auction house Sotheby’s has reported total sales (including associated fees) for the year to date at $7.3bn (£5.5bn).

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The record £16m love affair with Aphrodite

13 December 2021

More than 70 years after it was last seen in public, an Imperial Roman sculpture dubbed ‘The Hamilton Aphrodite’ has set a record for any ancient marble at auction.

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Company School Indian art comes of age

13 December 2021

New York dealer chooses ideal time to disperse a select group of works at dedicated auction.

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Produced by the talented Abraham

13 December 2021

A single-lot sale on October 19 offered an illuminated Ashkenazic prayer book that realised a premium-inclusive $8,307,000 (£6,019,565).

Roman sculpture

Aphrodite back on sale after 70 years takes £16m at Sotheby's setting an auction record

08 December 2021

More than 70 years after it was last seen in public, a sculpture dubbed 'The Hamilton Aphrodite' set a record for any ancient marble sculpture at auction.

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Bidders spellbound in the US

06 December 2021

Single-owner collections offer magical selections days apart in two salerooms

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Speedy buyers with a taste for chocolate

06 December 2021

If ever there were a price to demonstrate just how important condition has become in the top end of the collecting market then it is the record-breaking SFr2.55m (£2.065m) for a reference CK2915 Speedmaster at Phillips (26/21% buyer's premium) in Geneva on November 5.

Mark Wilkinson

Promotions and new roles – a round up of Movers and Shakers in the UK, US and Europe

01 December 2021

The latest jobs news across the world of art and antiques.

'The Auction' LS Lowry

Life Imitates Art: Lowry's 'The Auction' sells at £2.1m

25 November 2021

LS Lowry’s 'The Auction' was knocked down at £2.1m (£2.6m with buyer’s premium and fees) at Sotheby’s against an estimate of £1.2m-1.8m.

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Private collections prominent in flagship New York sales

22 November 2021

Two big-name sources – the Cox collection and the Macklowe collection – lead the way as Modern and Contemporary art market shows recovery from pandemic impact

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Talent-spotter Feigen in focus

22 November 2021

Group of works from the late US dealer’s collection demonstrates his wide range of interests.

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US Constitution copy takes $41m at New York auction 

19 November 2021

A hedge fund billionaire has outbid a group of crowdfunded cryptocurrency fans for a copy of the US Constitution and has agreed to loan it to a museum.

Elizabeth Yorke

National Trust property secures 18th-century portrait destined for auction after anonymous donor steps in

18 November 2021

A portrait by renowned society artist Thomas Hudson (1701-79) has been secured for National Trust property Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire.

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Dowland’s composition for the lute proves key at Sotheby's

08 November 2021

Relating to perhaps the most famous of all compositions for the lute, a version of John Dowland’s 'Lachrimae pavane' proved a major attraction in a music sale held by Sotheby’s (26/20/13.9% buyer’s premium).

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Magritte’s conversation skills lead a modern way of thinking

08 November 2021

Three works by the Belgian Surrealist feature in the Paris Art Week series of auctions

Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick

Candlestick becomes most expensive Islamic metalwork

01 November 2021

This exceptional Ilkhanid gold and silver-inlaid brass candlestick has become the most expensive Islamic metalwork sold at auction.

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High-profile lots stack up to a bumper offering

27 October 2021

The top two UK auction houses have announced a string of high-profile consignments coming to auction in the autumn/winter season.

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