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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

Auguste Rodin - Masque D'hanako, Étude Type A, Moyen Modèle (variante Avec Arrière Évidé)

Auguste Rodin - Masque D'hanako, Étude Type A, Moyen Modèle (variante Avec Arrière Évidé)

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Lot number: 2
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Auguste Rodin MASQUE D'HANAKO, ÉTUDE TYPE A, MOYEN MODÈLE (VARIANTE AVEC ARRIÈRE ÉVIDÉ) 1840 - 1917 signed A. Rodin and inscribed with the foundry mark Alexis RUDIER Fondeur PARIS; stamped A.Rodin (in the interior) bronze height: 6 5/8 in. (without the base) Conceived between 1907 and 1908, this example cast between 1920 and 1925.
Zao Wou-Ki - 17.07.67

Zao Wou-Ki - 17.07.67

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Lot number: 1004
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Zao Wou-Ki (Zhao Wuji) 17.07.67 1920-2013 Pascal de Sarthe, Arizona, Gallery de France, Paris, Frank Perls, California, San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco and Galerie de Montréal, Montréal labels affixed to the stretcher on the reverse signed in Pinyin and Chinese, signed in Pinyin and dated 67 on the reverse oil on canvas 130 by 96.5 cm; 51 1/8 by 38 1/8 in
 French School - Figuring The Pietà

French School - Figuring The Pietà

School
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Lot number: 2
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France ou Italie, XVIe siècle Pietà A FRENCH OR ITALIAN 16 TH CENTURY GILT BRONZE PAX FIGURING THE PIETÀ baiser de paix en bronze doré Haut. 15 cm; height 6 in. Literature J. Warren, Medieval and Renaissance Sculpture in the Ashmolean Museum, Plaquettes, vol. III, Oxford, 2014, p. 805, n° 299. Catalogue Note La compositiondérivedu modèle de Guglielmo della Porta (1500-1577) dont une plaquette de ce sujet est conservée au Ashmolean Museum
Rufino Tamayo - Venus Noire

Rufino Tamayo - Venus Noire

Original 1969
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Lot number: 2
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RUFINO TAMAYO | Venus noire (Venus Negra) (Pereda 110) Description: Lithograph printed in colors, 1969, signed in pencil and numbered V/XXV,from the portfolio edition (there was also a numbered editionof 150 on Rives paper),from the 'Mujeres' file, on japon nacré, printed at the Atelier Desjobert, Paris,published by Touchstone Publishers, New York, framed Dimensions: image: 700 by 535 mm 27 1/2 by 21 in
 German School - Saint John The Evangelist

German School - Saint John The Evangelist

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Lot number: 1
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Ecole Allemande du XVe siècle SAINT JEAN L'ÉVANGÉLISTE GERMAN SCHOOL, 15 TH CENTURY ; SAINT JOHN THE EVANGELIST ; OIL ON PANEL ; GOLD GROUND Huile sur panneau, fond d'or 41,5 x 34 cm ; 16 1/8 by 13 3/8 in Provenance Vente Paris, 8 février 1934, n°52, comme «École de Tournai», reproduit Literature C. Sterling, H. Adhémar, Peintures école française XIVe, XVe et XVIe siècles, Paris, 1965, cité sous le n°51 comme «École Espagnole» ; Ch. R. Post, A History of Spanish Painting, vol. IX, Cambridge, Harvard University Press, 1947, pp. 409-13, fig. 141, comme «École Castillane»
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New-york
March 29, 2017
31
Paris
March 30, 2017
118
New-york
March 31, 2017
65
Paris
March 31, 2017
72
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