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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Georgia O’Keeffe’s Flower Power
Torn between figuration and abstraction, and famous for her huge and notoriously ambiguous flowers, Georgia O’Keeffe is a founding figure of modernism in 20th century American painting. While her works keep beating records in the United States, the artist, who died in 1986 in New Mexico at the age of 98 years, has since been rediscovered in Europe, “revisited” as an authentic face of America.
The Most Expensive Car Ever Sold
Another day, another dollar – and yet another new world record has been made, this time by RM Sotheby’s. While the auction house sold a Ferrari 250 GTO, a monumental amount of money has now changed hands, as well as the car.
Going For the Gold: Hirst, Warhol and Fontana
For those in the art world, the names Lorna and Frank Dunphy should definitely ring a bell. Frank’s reputation as a famed business manager as well as a long time friend of Damien Hirst has made the couple’s art collection both vast and excellent - and soon, available on the auction block.

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Eric fischl (b. 1948) digging kids (glenn & barnes, p. 78)
Eric fischl (b. 1948) digging kids (glenn & barnes, p. 78) Sotheby's
Cognac croizet, grande champagne 1963
Cognac Croizet, Grande Champagne 1963 \n Lots 513-517: u. 4cm, excellent appearance, plain wax capsule, 40% vol \n Lot 513 1 bt (cn)\n Lot 514 1 bt (cn)\n Lot 515 1 bt (cn)\n Lot 516 1 bt (cn)\n Lot 517 1 bt (cn)\n per lot: GBP 220-260\n per lot: USD 280-340\n per lot: EUR 240-300\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
Romanee st. vivant 2010 sylvain cathiard
Romanee St. Vivant 2010 Sylvain Cathiard \n Cote de Nuits, Grand Cru\n Lot 140 2 bts (sc)\n per lot: USD 1800-2500\n \n Vineyard Holding: .17ha\n Age of vines: 65yrs old average\n \n This Domaine was founded by the grandfather of Sylvain Cathiard, Alfred Cathiard. Sylvain joined his father at the domaine in the 1970s and has been in charge here since 1986. Today, together with his son Sebastien, they oversee just over 4 1/4 hecatres of vines producing 11 wines. In the cellar, there is as little intervention as possible with only 1 racking before bottling and there has been no fining or filtration since 2000. Sotheby's
A polish parcel-gilt silver filigree baal shem tov hanukah lamp, mid-19th
Of typical form, the backplate centered by double eagle with gem-set eyes, flanked by columns topped by birds, all surmounted by a bird-topped crown, the base plate engraved with lozengework, two detachable sconces\nMarked on top of the base with a running animal and 12, one sconce marked 84 Sotheby's
Gianni versace, an italian glass vase circa 1996
Manufactured by Vetreria Archimede Seguso and engraved GIANNI VERSACE/by/Archimede Seguso/Murano. Sotheby's

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Sotheby's Stockholm
Sturegatan 24
114 36 Stockholm
Tel: 08-679 54 78
Sotheby's Geneva
13 Quai du Mont Blanc
Geneva CH-1201
T: +41 22 908 4800
Sotheby's New York
1334 York Avenue
New York 10021
T: +1 212 606 7000
Sotheby's Toronto
9 Hazelton Avenue
Toronto M5R 2E1
T: +1 416 926 1774
Sotheby's Milan
Palazzo Broggi, Via Broggi, 19
Milan 20129
T: +39 02 295 001
906, 9th Floor, Raffles City Beijing Office Tower
No.1 Dongzhimen South Street, Dongcheng District, Beijing 100007
Tel: +86 10 8409 4018
Fax: +86 10 8409 4017
Sotheby's London
34-35 New Bond Street
London W1A 2AA
T: +44 20 7293 5000
Sotheby's Paris
Galerie Charpentier
76 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré
Paris 75008
T: +33 1 53 05 53 05
Alla Salem
Level 15, Commercial bank Plaza, PO Box 27111
Doha Qatar
Tel: +974 4452 8333
Fax: +974 4452 8334
Sotheby's Hong Kong
5/F, 1 Pacific Place
88 Queensway, Hong Kong
T: +852 2524 8121
Sotheby's Zürich
Talstrasse 83
Zürich CH-8021
T: +41 44 226 2200