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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New record at Sotheby's
This morning, on 3 April 2018, Sotheby's broke new records in Hong Kong as Buddhist Manuscript was sold for US$ 30.4 million! The auction also included a Falangcai Bowl sold for the same amount as well as an Imperial Handscroll for US$ 18.7 million.
The artworks that broke auction records 2007-2017
Each year, millions of artworks hit the auction room floor and and are sold for staggering figures. Now and then, sales mark the year by shattering world records. Barnebys pickedeleven artworks that made waves in the auction world from 2007 until 2017.
Pair of fauteuils a la reine, $225,000, Nye & Company
Julio Romero de Torres and diamonds friends at Durán
Spanish auction house Durán Arte y Dubastas is holding a multidisciplinary sale on 20 March in Madrid, offering paintings alongside jewellery and objets d’art. Here’s a small selection of a few choice morsels.
Step inside a treasure trove of a Chinese Shophouse
In the breathtaking home of Ros and Richard visitors to the Chinese Shophouse take a journey from Singapore to India, France and their native England.

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Platinum and diamond wreath brooch
75 diamonds approx. 8.50 cts. Sotheby's
Circle of johann moritz rugendas 1802-1858, figures on a path by the
Circle of johann moritz rugendas 1802-1858, figures on a path by the church of our... Sotheby's
Chateau sociando mallet 2009
Chateau Sociando Mallet 2009 \n Haut Medoc, Cru Bourgeois\n In 2013, a deep, young colour and a wonderfully vibrant, black fruit nose. Stunning wine. So aromatic, rich and opulent. This fires on all cylinders. A texture of velvet curtains - pure bliss. In 2014, it has all that characteristic saltiness, with really full flavour, youth and brightness. Serena Sutcliffe, MW\n Lot 1028 12 bts (owc)\n per lot: GBP 180-200\n per lot: USD 220-240\n per lot: EUR 200-220\n \n \n LYING IN OCTAVIAN, WILTSHIRE\n Offered In Bond, available duty paid\n \n\nThese items are in bond. The buyer has a choice of taking the item in bond (with the sale being made in bond) or taking the item duty paid.\nIf taken in bond, VAT will not be charged on the hammer price. VAT will be charged at 20% on the buyer's premium which may not be cancelled or refunded by Sotheby's.\nIf taken duty paid, when Sotheby's releases the property to buyers in the UK, the buyer will become the importer and must pay Sotheby's duty at the current rate and import VAT at 20% on the hammer price + duty which may not be cancelled or refunded by Sotheby's. VAT will be charged at 20% on the buyer's premium which may not be cancelled or refunded by Sotheby's.\n(VAT - registered buyers from the UK should note that the invoice issued by Sotheby's showing import VAT payable, is not suitable evidence for recovering that VAT. In order to recover this as input tax, a VAT registered buyer must purchase the wine in bond and clear it under his own name and VAT number. HM Customs will then issue a Form C79 which is acceptable evidence for recovering the VAT as input tax subject to the normal rules.)\n(All business buyers from outside the UK should refer to 'VAT Refunds from HM Customs & Excise' for information on how to recover VAT incurred on the buyer's premium). Sotheby's
Chateau magdelaine 1999
Chateau Magdelaine 1999 \n St. Emilion, 1er Grand Cru Classe (B)\n Excellent levels and appearance, owc base damaged\n Lot 660 12 bts (owc)\n per lot: GBP 220-300\n per lot: USD 300-420\n per lot: EUR 260-360\n \n LYING IN GREENFORD, MIDDLESEX\n Offered Duty Paid only Sotheby's
18th century french louos xvi style frame
18th century french louos xvi style frame 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