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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.
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Some works sold by Sotheby's

Tano Festa - Al Livello Del Mare. Studio Numero 1

Tano Festa - Al Livello Del Mare. Studio Numero 1

Original 1965
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Lot number: 4
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Tano Festa 1938 - 1988 AL LIVELLO DEL MARE. STUDIO NUMERO 1 SIGNED, TITLED AND DATED AUGUST 65 ON THE REVERSE, ENAMEL ON CANVAS firmato, intitolato e datato Agosto 65 sul retro smalti su tela cm 195x130 L'opera è accompagnata da certificato su fotografia rilasciato dallo Studio Soligo, Archiviazione Opere Tano Festa, Roma Catalogue Note L'attestato di libera circolazione è stato richiesto per questo lotto. Sotheby's non è responsabile per il rilascio del medesimo. Per il ritiro del lotto si prega di riferirsi al dipartimento. An export licence has been requested for this lot. Sotheby's is not responsible and cannot guarantee that the export licence will be granted. For the release of the lot, please refer to the department. Fig. 1 Tom Wesselmann, Great American Nude #36 (dettaglio) 1962, Worcester Art Museum See MoreSee Less
Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida - Playa De Valencia

Joaquin Sorolla Y Bastida - Playa De Valencia

Original 1910
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Lot number: 10
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Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida 1863 - 1923 SPANISH PLAYA DE VALENCIA  signed J Sorolla and dated  1910  (lower left) oil on canvas 48 by 56cm., 19 by 22in. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Or Saleroom Notice Authentication This work will be included in Blanca Pons-Sorolla's forthcoming Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida catalouge raisonné as no. BPS 2077. Provenance Frederick Forrest Peabody (purchased at the 1911 Chicago exhibition. Peabody, 1859-1927, was a businessman and philanthropist from Santa Barbara who contributed generously to the rebuilding of the city after the 1925 earthquake) Max Schweitzer Gallery, New York Fernando Guereta, Buenos Aires Acquired from the above in the 1970s Exhibited Chicago, The Art Institute; Saint Louis, The City Art Museum: Paintings by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida , 1911, no. 145 (Chicago), no. 144 (Saint Louis) Literature Bernardino de Pantorba, La vida y obra de Joaquín Sorolla , Madrid, 1970, p. 195, no. 1728 Blanca Pons Sorolla, 'Paintings Sold and Portraits Painted in America, and Portraits Painted in France for Americans: Not Included in the Exhibition', in  Sorolla and America , exh. cat., Meadows Museum, Dallas; The San Diego Museum of Art, 2013, p. 316, no. 215, illustrated Catalogue Note Painted on El Cabañal beach, Valencia, at the end of the summer of 1910, the present work takes up a theme that preoccupied Sorolla like no other: fishermen landing the day's catch. The subject had first attracted Sorolla in the early 1890s when he painted his large scale canvas La Vuelta de la pesca  in 1894, and exhibited it to great acclaim at the Paris Salon of 1895 (bought by the French State, and now in the Musée d'Orsay). The present work, painted in situ , evokes both the warmth of the Mediterranean sun and the busy atmosphere of the Valencian beach.  Sorolla's work reveals a lively dialogue with the medium of photography. As a teenager Sorolla himself apprenticed in the photography studio of Antonio Garcia in Valencia, later marrying his son Clotilde. At the same time, he made friendships with numerous photographers, including Anna Christian (1876-1953/61?) from Minneapolis, whom he met through Archer M. Huntington in New York, and whose own photographs taken in Spain circa 1913-15 reveal Sorolla's influence (fig. 1). Fig. 1 Anna Christian, Beaching the Boat, Valencia , circa 1915, photograph; tinted silver gelatin, The Hispanic Society of America, New York See MoreSee Less
Scipione Tadolini - Eve Dopo Il Peccato

Scipione Tadolini - Eve Dopo Il Peccato

Original 1874
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Lot number: 1
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Scipione Tadolini 1822 - 1892 ITALIAN EVE DOPO IL PECCATO (EVE AFTER THE FALL) signed and dated: EO. SCIPIO. TADOLINI. ROMAE. 1874 white marble, on a white marble base and a revolving ebonised wood and metal column marble: 92 by 74cm., 36 1/4  by 29 1/8 in. base: 11 by 77 by 57cm.,4 3/8  by 30 3/8  by 22 1/2 in. column: 80 by 63 by 63cm., 31 1/2  by 24 3/4  by 24 3/4 in.
Albert Gleizes - Paysage

Albert Gleizes - Paysage

Original 1909
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Lot number: 43
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Albert Gleizes 1881 - 1953 PAYSAGE; SANS TITRE (ÉTUDE POUR PAYSAGE DE MONTREUIL); AND [JAZZ]: THREE DRAWINGS The second work is related to Paysage de Montreuil (1914, oil on canvas, 73 by 92.5 cm) in the Saarland Museum, Saarbrucken, Germany (inv. no. 1273). The third work was executed circa 1915 and titled by Juliette Roche-Gleizes Le joueur de banjo on the reverse of a photograph. the first, signed AlbGleizes  and dated 09 (lower right) the second, signed AlbGleizes and dated  14  (lower right) the first, pen, ink and ink wash on paper the second, gouache and ink wash on paper the third, ink, charcoal, and pencil on paper the first, executed in 1909.
Giannicola Di Paolo - The Madonna And Child In A Landscape

Giannicola Di Paolo - The Madonna And Child In A Landscape

Original
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Lot number: 1
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Giannicola di Paolo ACTIVE IN PERUGIA 1484-1544 THE MADONNA AND CHILD IN A LANDSCAPE oil on panel, unframed 24 1/4  by 18 1/2  in.; 61.6 by 47 cm. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Or Saleroom Notice Provenance Bruno Canto, Milan; In the present collection since at least 1963. Literature F. Todini,  La pittura umbra dal Duecento al primo Cinquecento , Milan 1989, vol. I, p. 79, reproduced vol. II, p. 593, fig. 1375 (as a youthful work).
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New-york
May 24, 2016
170
Paris
May 24, 2016
19
London
May 25, 2016
48
London
May 25, 2016
115
Milan
May 25, 2016
106
New-york
May 26, 2016
101
New-york
May 26, 2016
115
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