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Sotheby's

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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

Damien Hirst - Eight Over Eight

Damien Hirst - Eight Over Eight

Original 1998
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Lot number: 5
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Damien Hirst EIGHT OVER EIGHT B. 1965 signed on the reverse; inscribed with the artist\’s signature on a metal plaque affixed to the reverse glass, painted MDF, aluminium, metal pins, nickel-plated steel, sliding door lock and pharmaceutical packaging 91.5 by 122 by 15.3 cm. 36 by 48 by 6 in. Executed in 1997-98.
Robert Zünd - Weg Am Waldrand

Robert Zünd - Weg Am Waldrand

Original 1850
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Lot number: 1
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Robert Zünd WEG AM WALDRAND, 1850 1827 - 1909 signed and dated oil on canvas 32 x 37 cm Provenance Private collection, Switzerland Koller Auktionen, Zurich, 23rd June 2006, lot 3005 Private collection, Switzerland Catalogue Note This work is registered in the Swiss Institute for Art Research (SIK-ISEA) under no. 170420 0021. Dieses Werk ist im Schweizerischen Institut für Kunstwissenschaft (SIK-ISEA) unter der Nummer 170420 0021 inventarisiert.
Reg, Reginald Butler - Machine

Reg, Reginald Butler - Machine

Original 1953
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Lot number: 4
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Reg Butler MACHINE 1913 - 1981 stamped with Artist's monogram; also stamped with Artist's monogram, dated 53 and numbered 2 on the underside shell bronze 33 by 77 by 41cm.; 13 by 30¼ by 16in. Conceived in 1953, the present work is number 2 from the intended edition of 4, of which only two are understood to have been cast.
Etienne Cournault - Arlequin À La Poupée

Etienne Cournault - Arlequin À La Poupée

Original 1928
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Lot number: 3
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Etienne Cournault ARLEQUIN À LA POUPÉE, 1928 verre-églomisé panel Signed E. Cournault and dated 1928 lower right Framed : 140 x 49,5 cm ; 55 1/8 x 19 1/2 in. Sotheby's Monaco, October 8, 1977, lot 103 Nourhan Manoukian, Paris Maître Claude Boisgirard, Paris, Succession Nourhan Manoukian, December 17, 1993, lot 52 Metz, Musée de la Cour d'Or, Etienne Cournault : 1891-1948, June 25 - October 24, 1994 Paris, Galerie Jacques De Vos, Pierre-Emile Legrain : 1889-1929, September 12 - October 12, 1996
Andy Warhol - Candy Box

Andy Warhol - Candy Box

Original 1980
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Lot number: 102
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Andy Warhol CANDY BOX 1928 - 1987 stamped by the Andy Warhol Foundation on the reverse; stamped by the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Estate of Andy Warhol and numbered PA13.016 on the overlap synthetic polymer paint, silkscreen ink and diamond dust on canvas 35.6 by 25.4 cm. 14 by 10 in. Executed in 1980. Private Collection, Asia Sotheby's, London, 22 October 1998, Lot 47 Acquired from the above by the present owner
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
June 29, 2017
171
London
June 29, 2017
49
Paris
June 29, 2017
200
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