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Sotheby’s was founded in 1744 as a book auctioneer and has since expanded to sell many of the world’s most valuable fine and decorative arts, wine, jewellery and other precious objects.

Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to expand from London to New York, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong. Today, Sotheby’s maintains 90 offices in 40 countries, with principal salesrooms in New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.

All of Sotheby’s presale exhibitions and auctions are free and open to the public, and Sotheby’s BIDnow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world.

Sotheby's New York

Sotheby's opened the doors of its New York offices in 1955, and in 1967 acquired the largest US fine art auction house of the time, Parke-Bernet.

As the current headquarters for Sotheby's global business, our New York office is the site of nearly 100 high-profile auctions each year, from eagerly anticipated sales of Impressionist & Modern Art, Contemporary Art and extraordinary Jewellery to those of rare historical objects such as the Magna Carta and the Emancipation Proclamation. During the past three years, our New York auctions have realised $5.35 billion and continue to build upon a history of success.

Sotheby's New York features exhibition space on six floors, a soaring nine-story glass atrium and galleries designed by museum architect Richard Gluckman, whose list of credits include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the much-admired permanent collection galleries in the Whitney Museum of American Art. Our expansive 22,000-square-foot space includes a state-of-the-art lighting system that enables nuances and subtleties of color and surface to be strikingly revealed. No other auction house, regional or international, can offer such extraordinary visual impact.

Sotheby’s New York offers comprehensive services for clients worldwide. We provide estimates and insurance valuations for all collecting categories and can also advise on shipping, buying and selling with Sotheby's.

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Sotheby's London

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.

Sotheby's London offers comprehensive services for clients worldwide. We provide estimates and insurance valuations for all collecting categories and can also advise on shipping, buying and selling with Sotheby's.

At present, we are actively seeking consignments in all collecting areas for inclusion in upcoming sales worldwide.

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