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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

 Tiffany Studios - Dragonfly Table Lamp

Tiffany Studios - Dragonfly Table Lamp

Original 1905
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Lot number: 324
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
Description:
Tiffany Studios \“DRAGONFLY\” TABLE LAMP with a rare "Cattail Pond Lily" base shade impressedTIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK oil canister impressed TIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/24466and1 base impressedTIFFANY STUDIOS/NEW YORK/24466/1 leaded glass and patinated bronze 24 in.(61 cm) high 20 3/8 in. (51.8 cm) diameter of shade circa 1905
Andy Warhol - Electric Chair (feldman & Schellmann Ii.83)

Andy Warhol - Electric Chair (feldman & Schellmann Ii.83)

Original 1971
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Price: Not disclosed
Lot number: 127
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
Description:
Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) Lot 127: ANDY WARHOL (1928 - 1987) | Electric Chair (Feldman & Schellmann II.83) Description: Screenprint in colors, 1971, signed in ball-point pen and dated on the verso, stamp-numbered 'A.p. XXVI/L', an artist's proof aside from the numbered edition of 250, on wove paper, printed by Silkprint Kettner, Zürich, published by Bruno Bischofberger, Zürich, and with their inkstamp on the verso, framed Dimensions: sheet: 890 by 1215 mm 35 by 47 3/4 in
 Mane-Katz - La Jeune Fille Au Corsage Vert

Mane-Katz - La Jeune Fille Au Corsage Vert

Original 1929
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Lot number: 85
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
Description:
LA JEUNE FILLE AU CORSAGE VERT Mané-Katz 1894 - 1962 Signed Mane Katz and dated 29 (upper right); titled La jeune filleau coursage vert (on the reverse) Oil on canvas 21 5/8 by 18 1/8 in. 55 by 46 cm Painted in 1929. Thanks toNoa Tarshish, former Director & Curator in charge (1979-2011) of the Mané-Katz Museum, Israel, for her assistance in researching this work. Provenance Ida Kimche Gallery, Tel Aviv Acquired by the present owner in the early 1970s, Israel Literature Robert S. Aries & Jacques O'Hana, Mané-Katz, The Complete Works, vol. I, London, 1970, no. 72, illustrated p. 21
Jacques Joseph Maquart - French A Jewish Wedding

Jacques Joseph Maquart - French A Jewish Wedding

Original 1872
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Lot number: 10
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Description:
Jacques Joseph Maquart FRENCH A JEWISH WEDDING 1803 - 1873 signed J.J. Maquart (lower right); inscribed 26 JUIN 1872 and Hommage affectueux / á Madame Ernest Baze. and signed again J.J. Maquart(on the mat) watercolor and gouache on paper with gum arabic sheet: 12 by 9 in.; 30.5 by 22.9 cm mat: 22 5/8 by 18 1/8 in.; 57.5 by 46 cm Jacques Joseph Maquart was a painter and engraver best known for his views of architectural landmarks. He worked in pastels as well as other mediums. He was born in Reims, which by the 1870s boasted a sizable Jewish community, many of whom migrated there from Alsace and Moselle. In 1875, the community named its first Rabbi and a large new synagogue was consecrated in 1879.
Jean-Esprit Marcellin - Cupid With A Burning Heart

Jean-Esprit Marcellin - Cupid With A Burning Heart

Original
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Lot number: 706
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
Description:
Jean-Esprit Marcellin CUPID WITH A BURNING HEART 1821 - 1884 marble signed J.E. Marcellin marble Haut. (totale) 128 cm, (base) 10 cm; height 50 1/3 in., (base) 4 in. A student of François Rude and of theFine-Arts School, Marcellin exhibited for the first timein the 1845 Salon. Amonghis official commissions on Paris were several sculptures for the facade of the Louvre, the Tuileries Palace, the Town Hall, the Opera and the churches ofLa Sorbonne and Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais. Hewas also the author ofthe pediment of the Town Hall of Marseille and the marble group of theShepherd Cypress (Grenoble Museum).
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
Paris
December 19, 2017
155
New-york
December 20, 2017
15
New-york
December 20, 2017
85
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