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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

Ivan Peries - Untitled

Ivan Peries - Untitled

Original 1985
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Lot number: 1341
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
Description:
Ivan Peries (1921 - 1988) EARTHCRUST II; UNTITLED Signed and dated 'IP/ 85' lower left and further inscribed and dated 'Earthcrust II 1985' on reverse; Signed and dated 'Ivan Peries/ 1982' lower right Oil on canvas treated with gesso 30 by 20 in. (76.2 by 50.8 cm.); 24 by 20 in. (60.9 by 50.8 cm.) Painted in 1985 and 1982
 Anonymous - A Thangka Depicting Amoghapasha

Anonymous - A Thangka Depicting Amoghapasha

Original
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Lot number: 1001
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Tibet, 19th Century the three-headed deity seated in vajraparyankasana on a moon disk atop a lotus throne, holding a trishula in the upper right hand with the upper left hand in varada mudra, holding a lotus in the lower right hand and a pasha in the lower left hand, with the deities Yama and Vajrasattva depicted in the lower register 17 by 12 in. (43.2 cm by 30.5 cm)
 Anonymous - An Imperial Yellow-ground Embroidered Dragon Throne Cushion Cover

Anonymous - An Imperial Yellow-ground Embroidered Dragon Throne Cushion Cover

Original
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Lot number: 210
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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AN IMPERIAL YELLOW-GROUND EMBROIDERED 'DRAGON' THRONE CUSHION COVER QING DYNASTY, 18TH CENTURY centered with a full-frontal gold-couched dragon coiled around a 'flaming pearl', surrounded by four further dragons, all amidst auspicious clouds interspersed with bats clutching peaches, bordered by a band of turbulent waves, terrestrial diagrams and precious objects, framed and glazed Height 40 1/4 in., 102.2 cm; Width 40 1/2 in., 102.8 cm
Jacob Van Hulsdonck - Nature Morte

Jacob Van Hulsdonck - Nature Morte

Original
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Lot number: 1
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Jacob van Hulsdonck NATURE MORTE AUX PÊCHES, PRUNES ET RAISINS DANS UNE CORBEILLE SUR UN ENTABLEMENT JACOB VAN HULSDONCK ; STILL LIFE WITH PEACHES, PLUMS AND GRAPES IN A BASKET ON A LEDGE ; SIGNED LOWER LEFT HULSDONCK. FE. ; OIL ON PANEL NATURE MORTE AUX PÊCHES, PRUNES ET RAISINS DANS UNE CORBEILLE SUR UN ENTABLEMENT JACOB VAN HULSDONCK ; STILL LIFE WITH PEACHES, PLUMS AND GRAPES IN A BASKET ON A LEDGE ; SIGNED LOWER LEFT HULSDONCK. FE. ; OIL ON PANEL Signé en bas à gauche HULSDONCK. FE. Huile sur panneau Porte une annotation au revers Sir S.C. f 16 48 x 64 cm ; 18 7/8 by 25 1/4 in
Zhang Ruitu - Calligraphy In Running Script

Zhang Ruitu - Calligraphy In Running Script

Original 1632
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Lot number: 402
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Zhang Ruitu 1570-1641 CALLIGRAPHY IN RUNNING SCRIPT CALLIGRAPHY IN RUNNING SCRIPT signed Baihao an jushi Ruitu, dated renshen (1632), mid-autumn, with four seals of the artist, mo xiang tang, zhang rui tu yin, guo ting shan ren, shi qiu zi ink on silk, hanging scroll 108.8 by 34.2 cm. 42 3/4 by 13 1/2 in.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New York
March 5, 2015
272
New York
March 7, 2015
123
Paris
March 7, 2015
288
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