Sotheby’s was founded in London on March 11, 1744, when Samuel Baker auctioned “several Hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley for a few hundred pounds. The story of Sotheby’s expansion beyond books to include the best in fine and decorative arts and jewellery is also the story of the global auction market, defined by extraordinary moments that continue to capture the world’s attention.

Since 1744, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world. Season after season, the depth and excellence of Sotheby’s offerings have produced watershed, record-breaking sales. Sotheby’s has been entrusted with the sale of many of the world's treasures, amongst them: Napoleon’s St Helena library, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels, the Estate of Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, Picasso’s Garçon à la Pipe, Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, The Grand Ducal Collections of Baden, the Qianlong Yellow-Ground Famille-Rose Double-Gourd Vase, the 5,000-year-old Guennol Lioness, Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I, the Magna Carta, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and The Martin Luther King Jr Collection.

Sotheby’s has long recognised that great works of art, as well as the collectors interested in consigning and acquiring them, inhabit the global sphere. Sotheby's was the first international auction house to expand from London to New York in 1955, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong and the then–Soviet Union. An unwavering commitment to the very highest level of quality remains the goal of one of the most storied names on the global business stage.

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A Love Affair with Cartier
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Milanese Modern: Gabriella Crespi
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The Return of the Old Masters
Some of last year's auction records reminded us that centuries-old excellence is worth investing in. Works by Old Masters haven’t always been the hottest market in recent years, however, with last year's earnings and future sales mapped, we predict a renewed trend on the rise.

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Moonlit river landscape with farms to the left, bare trees to the
Panel is flat and stable and is comprised of two horizontal boards joined at center. There are four beveled edges to the panel, which is uncradled. The image reads well, with a horizontal grain visible. The horizontal join at center is faintly visible to the naked eye, more prominently towards the right edge. Inspection under UV reveals a milky thick varnish. It also reveals some scattered areas of retouching to the sky, some fine lines at the edges, some spots in the distant cityscape and landscape at center, above which there is a 1 by 1 inch spot of what appears to be strengthening, and a few scattered fine lines and spots in the foreground. Offered in a decoratively carved giltwood frame.\n"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.\nNOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."\nSigned with monogram lower right: AV DN  Sotheby's
Lin fengmian 1900-1991
Signed Lin Fengmian, and with one seal of the artistink and colour on paper, framed Sotheby's
A german blue and red coat
With high stand red collar and cuffs, silvered buttons, silver thread embroidered, together with four various black velvet and one white coachman's breeches, two green coachman's coats with silvered buttons engraved with the coat-of-arms of the von Galen family, and one black long jacket Sotheby's
[Greek title] Sacrae scripturae veteris, novae’que omnia. Venice:
Super-Chancery Folio (315 × 208 mm). Collation: [*4 (title, dedication to Card. Giles of Viterbo, contents)]; a-z &8 aa4 (Genesis-Job, aa4 blank); bb-cc8 dd10 (Psalms, dd10 blank); ee-qq8 rr10 ss-tt8 uu6 (contents, dedication to Daniele Renier, capitano of Verona, Proverbs-Maccabees); xx-zz && aaa-bbb8 ccc4 ddd-ggg8 hhh10: (contents, dedication to Erasmus, New Testament; hhh8r quire register, colophon; hhh9 blank; hhh10v Aldine device): 448 leaves, including blanks aa4, dd10, hhh9, quires signed with parallel Roman and Greek characters, a1r-hhh7r foliated 1-451, with errors. Red and black printing, Greek and Italic types, woodcut initials and headpieces, chapter initial spaces with guide letters (unrubricated). Stains on title-page and following leaves. Nineteenth-century russia, gilt spine, blind-stamped supralibros, marbled edges. \nFirst edition of the Bible in Greek, long planned by Aldus, but prevented by his death in 1515. The Septuagint (Old Testament) text was apparently based on manuscripts from Card. Bessarions library at San Marco, Venice. The New Testament, dedicated to Erasmus, used the latters text from the 1516 Basel first edition. Sotheby's
Peaceful Morning
Maynard Dixon\n1875 - 1946, Peaceful Morning\nSigned Maynard Dixon and dated Utah Oct 1941, l.r.; also inscribed Peaceful Morning on the reverse\nOil on canvas\n16 by 20 in.\n(40.6 by 50.8 cm) Sotheby's

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