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Since Samuel Baker founded Sotheby's in London in 1744, the company has occupied only two primary locations: the Strand, where we were until 1917, and 34-35 New Bond Street, where we have been ever since. Located in the heart of London's Mayfair district, Sotheby's auctions offer an extraordinary diversity of objects and works of art from Impressionist & Modern Art and Contemporary Art to Old Master Paintings, 19th Century European Art and Islamic Art, as well as Decorative Art from porcelain and silver to French & English furniture amongst many others.

Sotheby's London has been the wellspring of numerous watershed moments in auction history such as the 1958 sale of the Goldschmidt Collection, an Evening sale of Impressionist & Modern Art that established the gold standard for Impressionist & Modern Art and Contemporary Art. In recent years, our sales in these categories have increased dramatically with a new benchmark established in February 2010 when Alberto Giacometti's L'Homme Qui Marche I achieved $104.3 million, the auction record for any work of art at the time of sale and the current record for any sculpture at auction. Other notable sales include the 2012 auction of Joan Miró's Peinture (Étoile Bleue), which achieved £23.5 million and works from the collection of legendary art collector Gunter Sachs, which totaled $130 million during June sales. Similar high-profile auctions continue to attract an international audience, including the Attic Sale at Chatsworth, the Robert Devereux Collection and the annual selling exhibition Beyond Limits at Chatsworth House, the ancestral home of the Dukes of Devonshire.

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Wassily Kandinsky (1866 – 1944)
Murnau, Landscape with Green House , 1909
Oil on canvas, 71 x 97 cm

A blazing celebration of colour, Kandinsky’s Expressionist painting Landschaft mit grünem Haus, painted in 1909, is a major early work which captures the moment of transition in the artist’s career when he is on the cusp of moving from figuration to abstraction.

Estimate £15,000,000–25,000,000
Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775 – 1851)
Ehrenbreitstein, Or The Bright Stone of Honour and the Tomb of Marceau , 1841
Oil on canvas, 92 x 123 cm

The only oil painting by Turner of a German subject left in private hands, this magnificent picture is one of the artist’s great late masterpieces. It is based on a series of on the spot pencil sketches made during Turner’s third tour of the Rhine in 1833. When it was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1835 Ehrenbreitstein elicited huge critical acclaim and it has been considered one of the artist’s most celebrated masterpieces ever since.

Estimate: £15,000,000–25,000,000
Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472 - 1553)
Martin Luther as an Augustinian Monk in a Doctoral Hat , 1520
Oil on beechwood panel, 40.3x26.5 cm

Estimate: £1,500,000–2,000,000
Jan van Kessel The elder (1626 - 1679)
Butterflies, moths, a dragonfly and other insects with a spring of apple blossom
Oil on copper, 14x19.4 cm

Estimate £ 200,000 — 300,000