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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

 French School - Portrait D'enfant En Saint Jean-baptiste

French School - Portrait D'enfant En Saint Jean-baptiste

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Lot number: 98
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Ecole Française du XVIIIe siècle, entourage de Jean Ranc PORTRAIT D'ENFANT EN SAINT JEAN-BAPTISTE FRENCH SCHOOL, 18 TH CENTURY, CIRCLE OF JEAN RANC ; PORTRAIT OF A CHILD AS THE INFANT JOHN THE BAPTIST ; OIL ON CANVAS IN A CARVED OAK WOOD FRAME Huile sur toile, dans un cadre en chêne sculpté 99 x 69 cm ; 39 by 27 1/4  in
Pablo Picasso - Service Poisson

Pablo Picasso - Service Poisson

Original 1947
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Lot number: 52
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Pablo Picasso SERVICE POISSON (A.R. 3-28) 1881 - 1973 The complete terre de faïence service glazed in colors, comprising a platter, 12 bowls, 12 plates and a soup tureen, 1947, each,numbered '42', from the edition of 300, each inscribed 'Edition Picasso' ,and with the D'Apres Picasso and Madoura stamps, the platter also inscribed 'Madoura',,the plates and bowls inscribed with the corresponding letters A - X (26 ceramics) diameter (platter): 395 mm 15 1/2 in diameter (tureen): 294 mm 11 5/8 in
Hermanus Petrus Schouten - The Nieuwe Or St. Jans Poort, Haarlem

Hermanus Petrus Schouten - The Nieuwe Or St. Jans Poort, Haarlem

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Lot number: 45
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Attributed to Hermanus Petrus Schouten THE NIEUWE OR ST. JANS POORT, HAARLEM AMSTERDAM 1747 - 1822 HAARLEM Pen and black ink and watercolour with touches of gouache within pen and ink framing lines; bears faint signature, lower left: H. Sch....(?) bears inscription in pen and brown ink, verso: de Nieuwe of St Jans Poort te Haarlem 197 by 315 mm
Alighiero Boetti - Le Infinite Possibilità Di Esistere

Alighiero Boetti - Le Infinite Possibilità Di Esistere

Original 1990
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Lot number: 1
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Alighiero Boetti LE INFINITE POSSIBILITÀ DI ESISTERE SIGNED ON THE OVERLAP, TAPESTRY. EXECUTED IN 1990 CA. THIS WORK IS REGISTERED IN THE ARCHIVIO ALIGHIERO BOETTI, ROME, UNDER N. 8533 AND IT IS ACCOMPANIED BY A PHOTO-CERTIFICATE ISSUED BY THE ARCHIVIO ALIGHIERO BOETTI, ROME 1940 - 1994 firmato sul risvolto arazzo cm 33,5x34,5 Eseguito nel 1990 ca
 Italian School - The Madonna And Child

Italian School - The Madonna And Child

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Lot number: 101
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Italian School, 19th century, in the manner of a Trecento work THE MADONNA AND CHILD oil and gold ground on poplar panel painted surface: 47.2 x 29.6 cm.; 18 5/8  x 11 5/8  in. Provenance Exhibited Cologne, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, on loan since 1968 (inv. dep. 383; bears Gemälde-Inventar 1925 label on the reverse). Literature R. Budde (ed.), Wallraf-Richartz-Museum Köln, Vollständiges Verzeichnis der Gemäldesammlung, Cologne 1986, pp. 39 and 334 (as Italian, 14th century). A Garden of Spring Jewels & Flowers
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
May 2, 2017
40
London
May 3, 2017
201
Milan
May 4, 2017
103
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