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.


Pick of the week: At least they didn’t have to deal with VAR…

26 July 2021

One of only two known copies of the first edition of the rules of football printed by the world’s first football club came to auction at Sotheby’s on July 21.

French sales bouncing back after Covid impact

26 July 2021

Sales figures or 'bilan' for the first half of this year have been released by some auction firms in France.

Ornithological works prove high fliers at Sotheby’s

26 July 2021

Set of urban views takes £220,000 in a sale where ornithological works also impressed

Al Thani's 18th century day bed rises way above estimate at Sotheby's sale

26 July 2021

Ornate piece of c.1780 furniture from sheikh’s collection heads a sell-out auction

Christie’s says Asian buyers now dominant

19 July 2021

Asian buyers have become the dominant force at the top end of the auction market, according to Christie’s.

Rare silver inkstand makes its mark among latest London auctions

12 July 2021

The overall performance of the latest London sales of Old Master pictures and ‘important’ works of art was fairly mixed but the auction houses did at least welcome the return of some big-ticket items.

London sales are ‘best since pandemic’

05 July 2021

The latest round of Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art sales at Sotheby’s and Christie’s represented the highest overall total for a ‘London’ auction series since before the coronavirus pandemic.

Fragonard’s Champagne moment is toast of Old Masters season in France

05 July 2021

Old Master paintings come up for sale throughout the year in France but the summer season traditionally mounts a number of dedicated auctions in the field.

Sotheby’s launches auctions in Germany

30 June 2021

Sotheby’s is to hold sales in Germany and has opened a new office at The Palais Oppenheim in Cologne.

Standing salt in the Dutch taste at Sotheby’s

21 June 2021

Sotheby’s Treasures sale on July 6 includes this Dutch silver standing salt by Adam van Vianen (Utrecht, 1621) estimated at £600,000-800,000.

JMW Turner Thames estuary back on public view for first time since 1945

21 June 2021

Among the highlights at Sotheby’s Old Masters evening sale on July 7 is one of a series of eight views of the Thames estuary exhibited by JMW Turner (1775-1851) at his gallery in Harley Street between 1807-09.

Frederic, Lord Leighton rediscovery emerges at Sotheby’s

21 June 2021

Sotheby’s has described this oil on canvas by Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-96) as “a fascinating and beautiful rediscovery”.

Freud’s portrait of Hockney comes to auction

19 June 2021

Lucien Freud’s picture of fellow artist David Hockney will be offered at auction this month with an estimate of £8m-12m.

Fundraising begins for Brontë Honresfield Library collection after Sotheby's postpones auction to give museums more time

17 June 2021

Sotheby’s has delayed the sale of a library collection related to the Brontë family to give a chance for institutions to raise funds to buy it.

Buy a share in the world’s most expensive stamp

14 June 2021

Stanley Gibbons, the buyer of the world’s most expensive stamp at Sotheby’s New York last week, said it plans to “democratise” its ownership by inviting the public to buy shares in it.

Gods and goddesses in bronze offered at Sotheby's

07 June 2021

Sotheby’s Paris sale of Old Masters on June 15 offers a selection of paintings and sculpture spanning the Middle Ages through to the 19th century.

Obituary: literature and history specialist Peter Selley

07 June 2021

Peter Selley, senior director and senior specialist in English literature and history at Sotheby’s in London, died on April 28.

Museum hopes to buy Brontë manuscripts at Sotheby’s

31 May 2021

The Brontë museum hopes to raise funds to buy rare manuscripts from a rediscovered library collection coming up for sale at Sotheby’s.

New appointments at Sotheby’s Asia among the latest industry updates

25 May 2021

A reorganisation for Sotheby’s Asia, a new shop and new books are among the latest updates across the art and antiques sector.

An Americana extravaganza

24 May 2021

Early Declaration of Independence leads a line-up celebrating key historical events stateside

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