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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. Our auctions, conducted in the venerable salerooms in London and Paris, the museum-quality galleries of our headquarters in New York and the spirited environs of Hong Kong rivet audiences worldwide. 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. We were 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. Today we maintain 90 locations in 40 countries and we conduct 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories. In addition to our four principal salerooms, the company, recognising the potential in new markets, also conducts auctions in six other salerooms around the world, further expanding our global reach. Through BIDnow, clients can also watch all Sotheby’s auctions live online and place bids in real time, from anywhere in the world. And through the ever-enriching content on Sothebys.com, the oldest publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (BID) continues to be fresh and current, while always mindful of its historic roots.
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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Some works sold by Sotheby's

Albrecht Durer - The Rhinoceros

Albrecht Durer - The Rhinoceros

Original 1515
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Lot number: 18
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Albrecht Dürer 1471 - 1528 THE RHINOCEROS (B. 136; M., HOLL. 273) Chiaroscuro woodcut, 1515, an experimental impression with the line block printed in brown and the tone block in yellowish-olive, the seventh edition (of eight), printed by Willem Janssen, Amsterdam, after 1620, framed sheet: 215 by 301mm 8½ by 11 7/8 in
Huang Shen - Greylag Geese In Autumn Reeds

Huang Shen - Greylag Geese In Autumn Reeds

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Lot number: 961
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Huang Shen 1687-1768 GREYLAG GEESE IN AUTUMN REEDS signed Yingpiao, with two seals of the artist, huang shen, ying piao shan ren Inscription on mounting boarder by Zhang Daqian (1899-1983), signed Daqian Zhang Yuan, dated renwu (1942), the fourth lunar month, with two seals of the artist, yuan, da qian With one collector's seal, you bu ju zhai shu hua zhang ink and color on paper, hanging scroll 121.2 by 62 cm. 47 5/8 by 24 1/2 in.
Wang Duo - Calligraphy In Cursive Script

Wang Duo - Calligraphy In Cursive Script

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Lot number: 701
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Wang Duo 1592-1652 CALLIGRAPHY IN CURSIVE SCRIPT signed Juesi, with two seals of the artist, wang duo zhi yin, zong bo xue shi ink on satin, mounted for framing 253 by 64 cm. 99 1/2 by 29 1/8 in. - Water damage mark, patches of stain can be found all over the scroll. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
 Scuola Tibetana - A Thangka Depicting Asanga And Vasubandhu

Scuola Tibetana - A Thangka Depicting Asanga And Vasubandhu

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Lot number: 401
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Acquired 1977-1980. A THANGKA DEPICTING ASANGA AND VASUBANDHU EAST TIBET, 19TH CENTURY proponents of the Yogacara school, half-brothers Asanga and Vasubandhu are depicted in debate, receiving the blessings of Maitreya from Tushita Heaven in the upper center, Asanga and Vasubandhu depicted amidst a rocky escarpment adorned with flowers, seated on a raised dais, Asanga crosslegged with shorn head, Vasubandhu bearded with blue skin, wearing the red monastic-style brimmed cap and holding a religious text, the overall execution after an original design by Situ Panchen (1700-1774) Height 22 in., 55.9 cm; Width 14 1/2 in., 36.8 cm
Joe Goode - Cloud-photograph Triptych

Joe Goode - Cloud-photograph Triptych

Original 1970
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Lot number: 1
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Cirrus Gallery, Los Angeles Acquired by the present owner from the above GOOD TO GO: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JONI GORDON OF NEWSPACE GALLERY Joe Goode CLOUD-PHOTOGRAPH TRIPTYCH CLOUD-PHOTOGRAPH TRIPTYCH oil and pencil on canvas Overall: 36 by 108 in. 91.4 by 274.3 cm. Executed in 1969-1970.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New York
September 17, 2014
8
New York
September 18, 2014
8
New York
September 18, 2014
249
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