The sale has over 500 works, with antiques to contemporary art which have a combined value of over $500 million.

John Chamberlain Captain Cooke, 1988 Estimate: $600 000–800 000 John Chamberlain
Captain Cooke, 1988
Estimate: $600 000–800 000

Willem de Kooning Untitled XXI, 1976 Estimate: $25 000,000–35 000,000 Willem de Kooning
Untitled XXI, 1976
Estimate: $25 000,000–35 000,000

Watch the video here, which plays like a story, telling centuries of art, with pieces by Mark Rothko, Frank Stella, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Charles Burchfield, Albrecht Dürer and Raphael.

On November 4 the Masterworks sale will be held, followed the next day by Modern & Contemporary Art. American Art will be held on  November 18 and continuing into 2016 with Old Masters to be held on January 27.

Following a battle with Christie's, Sotheby's won the rights to the sale of their former chairman's estate. Taubman was at the helm of Sotheby's for 22 years, lifting it from the troubles of a struggling business into a champion of the art market.

A. Alfred Taubman at Sotheby's, London, in the 1980s Image via NY Times A. Alfred Taubman at Sotheby's, London, in the 1980s
Image via NY Times

Taubman's history with Sotheby's, however, is not without its dark moments. In 2001 he was convicted of a price-fixing scheme with Christie's which took over $100 million from buyers. He served nearly 10 months in jail.

Sotheby's became a publicly traded company under Mr. Taubman and in 2005 Taubman sold his controlling stake in 2005.

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