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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

Richard Long - Small Carrara Circle

Richard Long - Small Carrara Circle

Original 1985
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Lot number: 101
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This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Private Collection, Italy La Grande Bellezza dell’’Arte – Minimalist Art From a Distinguished Roman Collection LA GRANDE BELLEZZA DELL'ARTE Richard Long B.1945 SMALL CARRARA CIRCLE Carrara marble, in sixteen parts tallest: 35 by 18.5 by 10cm.; 13 3/4 by 7 1/4 by 3 7/8 in.; widest: 19 by 43 by 11.3cm.; 7 1/2 by 16 7/8 by 4 1/2 in. overall diameter: 110cm.; 43 1/4 in. Executed in 1985.
Jacob Berents - Pan And Syrinx, Within An Elaborate Decorative Border

Jacob Berents - Pan And Syrinx, Within An Elaborate Decorative Border

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Lot number: 1
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Jan Berents THE HAGUE CIRCA 1679 - AFTER 1742 PAN AND SYRINX, WITHIN AN ELABORATE DECORATIVE BORDER Gouache on two sheets of vellum, one shaped in the form of an arch, laid down on panel; initialled in gold, lower left: i.B. and inscribed in gold, in the lower left and right corners of the drawn border: London - 1524. and Hansus Hollbainius. pinxi(t); extensively inscribed in pen and brown ink on a label attached to the panel, verso, detailing the subject and dated: 1708 171 by 120 mm Laid down on panel. The work is made up of two separate sheets of vellum, one laid down on top of the other acting as a decorative border to the central image. There are some losses and small scratches to the medium, most noticeable to the extremities. Otherwise this work is in very fine condition with the medium fresh and vibrant throughout. Sold in a modern giltwood frame. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Joos Van Cleve - The Holy Family

Joos Van Cleve - The Holy Family

Studio 1525
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Lot number: 101
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Brussels, Exposition d'Art Ancien, Noël dans l’’art ancien, 18 December 1941 – 6 January 1942, no. 40; Tokyo, Tobu Museum of Art, The World of Bruegel. The Coppée Collection and Eleven International Museums, 29 March – 25 June 1995, no. F9. PROPERTY FROM THE COPPÉE COLLECTION Workshop of Joos van Cleve CLEVE (?) DATE UNKNOWN - 1540/1 ANTWERP THE HOLY FAMILY oil on oak panel 77.3 by 58.5 cm.; 30 3/8 by 23 in. The panel is cradled and stable, with some minor old cracks in the corners. The paint surface is dirty and in excellent condition throughout. There are only a few local repairs, for example to the face of St Joseph and the lower left hand corner. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
 Master Of The Female Half Lengths - A Lady Writing At A Desk

Master Of The Female Half Lengths - A Lady Writing At A Desk

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In the collection of the present owner's family for at least two hundred years. PROPERTY FROM A EUROPEAN NOBLE COLLECTION The Master of the Female Half-lengths ACTIVE IN ANTWERP DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE 16TH CENTURY A LADY WRITING AT A DESK oil on panel 38.5 by 25.1 cm.; 15 1/8 by 9 7/8 in.
Barthelemy Prieur - The Blind Orion Guided By Cedalion

Barthelemy Prieur - The Blind Orion Guided By Cedalion

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Probably Elizabeth, 1st Duchess of Northumberland (1716-1776); Northumberland House, London; Northumberland House, London, until circa 1874; Inner Hall, 2 Grosvenor Place, London, by 1892; thence by descent. Middlesex, Syon House, after 1892 until 2014 SOLD BY ORDER OF THE 12TH DUKE OF NORTHUMBERLAND AND THE TRUSTEES OF THE NORTHUMBERLAND ESTATES Barthélemy Prieur (1536-1611) French, circa 1585-1595 THE BLIND ORION GUIDED BY CEDALION bronze, on a wood base inlaid with tortoiseshell, silver and brass bronze: 23.4cm., 9½in. base: 11.6cm., 4½in. Overall the condition of the bronze is very good with dirt and wear to the surface. There are traces of old lacquers, which have been rubbed away at the high points. There are a few small casting flaws, notably to Orion's head, where there is a lacuna behind the proper right ear. There is particular dirt to the crevices, notably to Orion's proper left hand (if this dirt is excavated, more details may be revealed). There is dirt and wear to the base, including some losses to the metal and wood inlay. The metal inlay is slightly unstable and is projecting outwards in areas and there is some warping to the wood inlay. The base is composed in sections and there is some minor stable splitting, consistent with material. There are small losses to the edges and corners of the base. There is some minor non-active worming visible at the back of the base. The quality of the casting is very high indeed, note the delineation of the toes, fingers and eyes. "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. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
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