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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

Alighiero Boetti - Piano Inclinato

Alighiero Boetti - Piano Inclinato

Original 1981
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Lot number: 11
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Alighiero Boetti PIANO INCLINATO SIGNED ON THE REVERSE OF THE LEFT PART; BIRO ON PAPER LAID DOWN ON PANEL (TWO PARTS). EXECUTED CIRCA 1981. 1940 - 1994 signé au dos de la partie gauche stylo bille bleu sur papier monté sur panneau (deux éléments) 100 x 141 cm (ensemble) ; 39 3/8 x 55 1/2 in. (overall) 100 x 70,5 cm (chaque) ; 39 3/8 x 70 3/4 in. (each) Exécuté circa 1981.
Leoncillo Leonardi - Grande Mutilazione

Leoncillo Leonardi - Grande Mutilazione

Original 1962
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Lot number: 16
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Leoncillo GRANDE MUTILAZIONE SIGNED; SANDSTONE AND ENAMEL. EXECUTED IN 1962. 1915 - 1968 signé grès émaillé 57 x 12,5 x 12,5 cm (sans base); 22 7/16 x 4 15/16 x 4 15/16 in. (without base) 63 x 13 x 13 cm (avec base en bois); 24 13/16 x 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (with wooden base) Exécuté en 1962.
Man Ray - Sans Titre

Man Ray - Sans Titre

Original 1927
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Lot number: 6
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MAN RAY (1890-1976) SANS TITRE [RAYOGRAPHIE] Artist's Resale RightPurchase of lots marked with this symbol will be subject to the payment of the artist's resale right. signé Man Ray et daté 27 (en bas à droite), porte le cachet ORIGINAL (au dos) rayogramme : épreuve gélatino-argentique 30 x 24 cm ; 11 3/4 x 9 1/2 in. Exécuté en 1927. Man Ray
 Verstraelen Anthonie - A Winter Scene With Figures Skating On A Frozen River

Verstraelen Anthonie - A Winter Scene With Figures Skating On A Frozen River

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Lot number: 1
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THE PROPERTY OF THE MARQUESS OF LOTHIAN Anthonie Verstraelen A WINTER SCENE WITH FIGURES SKATING ON A FROZEN RIVER GORINCHEM 1594 - 1641 AMSTERDAM signed lower centre in monogram: AVS, and inscribed with inventory number lower left: 431 oil on oak panel 20.7 x 26.9 cm.; 8 1/8 x 10 5/8 in. Probably acquired by William Kerr, 3rd Earl of Lothian (1605-75); William Kerr, 3rd Marquess of Lothian (1690–1767); Thence by descent. Newbattle Abbey inventory, c. 1726/27 ('A picture of a winter piece with men & boys diverting themselves on the ice by Ostade'); Newbattle Abbey inventory, 1752 ('A Dutch piece of a frost... [£]2-2-0'); Newbattle Abbey inventory, c. 1788 ('Skating (on wood)'); Newbattle Abbey inventory, March 1833, no. 431; Newbattle Abbey inventory, May 1878, no. 431 (Stairs); C. Hofstede de Groote, 'Hollandsche Kunst in Schotland', in Oud Holland, 11, 1893, p. 217; Monteviot House inventory, 14 July 1989, no. 431 (Study). Verstraelen was perhaps the keenest follower of the father of Dutch winter landscape painting, Hendrick Avercamp. Just nine years Avercamp's younger, Verstraelen's better work has often been mistaken for that of the elder painter over the centuries. This example, which has been in the same private collection at least since the early 19th century is exceptionally well-preserved and likely dates to the end of the artist's life circa 1640. A native of Gorkum, Verstraelen's indebtedness to the work of Hendrick and Barend Avercamp lasted for his entire career. He settled in Amsterdam where in November 1628, at the age of thirty four, he married Magdalena Bosijn.1 Along with that of his contemporary, Arent Arentsz., called Cabel (c. 1585–1658), his work is taken as evidence that Hendrick Avercamp must have returned to Amsterdam for at least a short period after 1613. Verstraelen's winter landscapes were typically composed like this, with figures of skaters and everyday folk arranged across the foreground plane, while behind them a frozen river or canal stretches through a village into the distance. A similar example, dated 1641 and on the same scale was sold London, Christie's, 3 December 1997, lot 122. The banks of the river are, as here, typically occupied by humble country dwellings and the artist has used the same compositional device of a large figure on the left foreground bank with the frozen river snaking back towards a distant church. 1. A.D. de Vries, 'Biografische aanteekeningen betreffende voornamelijk Amsterdamsche schilders, plaatsnijders, enz. en hunne verwanten' (VII), in Oud-Holland, 4, 1886, pp. 215–24.
 Italian School - A Triptych: Central Panel: Madonna And Child And Saints; Wings: Annunciation

Italian School - A Triptych: Central Panel: Madonna And Child And Saints; Wings: Annunciation

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Lot number: 101
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Central Italian School, circa 1400 A TRIPTYCH: CENTRAL PANEL: MADONNA AND CHILD AND SAINTS; WINGS: ANNUNCIATION, CRUCIFIXION AND SAINTS oil and gold ground on poplar, in an integral frame, the reverse with a red wax seal bearing the arms of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, and of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine painted surface: central panel: 71 x 30.8 cm.; 28 x 12 1/8 in.; wings: 71 x 15.2 cm.; 28 x 6 in. overall dimensions: central panel: 83.5 x 36.6 cm.; 32 7/8 x 14 3/8 in.; wings: 81.5 x 18.3 cm.; 32 1/8 x 7 1/4 in.
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