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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The Fascinating Political History Behind An Indian Ambassador's Portrait
A painting of Mohammed Dervish Khan by the female artist Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun will be auctioned by Sotheby's on January 30.
A Dutch King's Rubens Drawing Is Up For Sale
A signed drawing by Peter Paul Rubens, which was part of the Dutch royal family's collection for almost 200 years, heads to auction this month at Sotheby's.
A Rare Claude Monet to be Auctioned at Sotheby's
Sotheby's has announced the upcoming sale of Le Palais Ducal by Claude Monet, which will be auctioned for the first time on February 26 in London.
Automatism and André Masson
The French artist André Masson’s approach to art was an ‘automatic’ one, with no preconceived subject or composition in mind.
A Royal's Ferrari Races to Auction
RM Sotheby's Arizona auction is headlined by a Belgian princess' 1957 Ferrari, in addition to 20 unique Ferrari models and other exclusive sports cars.

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An empire style gilt-bronze eight-light oval chandelier
The foliated cast corona with eight stems holding the pierced anthemion frieze, issuing curved arms, fitted for electricity Sotheby's
Nasa patch from pete conrad's pressure suit worn on the moon
The NASA emblem with traces of moondust preserved from the right breast of the pressure suit worn by Pete Conrad in November 1969 as he walked and worked on the surface of the moon, exposed to the lunar elements for nearly eight hours. NASA "vector" emblem printed in red, white and blue on white synthetic cloth ( 3 1/2 x 4 in.; 88 x 101 mm) worn on the moon 19-20 November 1969; somewhat abraded; traces of mounting on verso; framed.\nTraces of lunar material from one of the earliest expeditions. Samples of lunar material collected by NASA and returned to the earth are the property of the United States. Thus, authentic lunar samples available for public acquisition are excessively rare. NASA, however, did present flag, NASA and mission patches cut from pressure suits to a number of the astronoauts who had worn them on the surface of the moon. Such fabric fragments contain traces of lunar material or moondust.\nPete Conrad's NASA patch from the Apollo 12 mission of 14-24 November 1969 constitutes the earliest NASA patch worn on the moon ever to be available for auction sale. The corresponding patches from the Apollo 11 mission of July 1969 are preserved at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. A NASA patch not worn but carried by Conrad on the moon is part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Flight in Seatle, Washington. Sotheby's
Oppian: alieutikon. venice, 1517
Alieutikwn biblia pente... Kynhgetikwn biblia tessara. Oppiani de piscibus libri V. Eiusdem de venatione libri IIII. Oppiani de piscibus Laurentio Lippio interprete libri V. (Venice): Aldus, (December 1517)\nEditio princeps of De venatione. These two poetic works are generally ascribed to Oppian of Cilicia and Oppian of Apamea respectively. Sotheby's
Pink sapphire and diamond ring and earrings
166 sapphires and 77 diamonds approx. 9.00 and 3.45 cts. (3) Sotheby's
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