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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

Takashi Murakami - An Homage To Monogold

Takashi Murakami - An Homage To Monogold

Original 2012
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Lot number: 212
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Takashi Murakami AN HOMAGE TO MONOGOLD 1960 B; AN HOMAGE TO YVES KLEIN, MULTICOLOR B; AN HOMAGE TO IKB 1957 B; AND AN HOMAGE TO MONOPINK 1960 B AN HOMAGE TO MONOGOLD 1960 B; AN HOMAGE TO YVES KLEIN, MULTICOLOR B; AN HOMAGE TO IKB 1957 B; AND AN HOMAGE TO MONOPINK 1960 B Four offset lithographs printed in colors, 2012, the first two signed in black felt-tip pen and numbered 89/700, the second two signed in metallic silver ink and numbered 88/700 and 89/700, respectively, on smooth wove paper, published by the artist and Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. (4 prints) sheet: 736 by 530 mm 29 by 20 7/8 in
Auguste Rodin - Eve, Petit Modèle

Auguste Rodin - Eve, Petit Modèle

Original 1883
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Lot number: 27
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Auguste Rodin EVE, PETIT MODÈLE – VERSION À LA BASE CARRÉE DITE AUSSI « AUX PIEDS PLATS » EVE, PETIT MODÈLE – VERSION À LA BASE CARRÉE DITE AUSSI « AUX PIEDS PLATS » Inscribed A. Rodin and inscribed with the foundry mark Alexis Rudier. Fondeur. Paris.; stamped with the raised signature A. Rodin on the interior Bronze Height: 29 5/8 in. 75.2 cm. Conceived in 1883 and cast between 1925-35.
Petrus Van Schendel - Fruit Sellers

Petrus Van Schendel - Fruit Sellers

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Lot number: 15
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Petrus van Schendel DUTCH FRUIT SELLERS BY THE LIGHT OF A PARAFFIN LAMP DUTCH FRUIT SELLERS BY THE LIGHT OF A PARAFFIN LAMP signed P. von Schendel; inscribed on the reverse Je certifie que ce tableau est peint/ par moi P. van Schendel/ cette année 1867/ Bruxelles 23 mars 1867 oil on panel 16 1/8 by 12 1/4 in. 40.9 by 31.1 cm
Lynn Chadwick - Walking Cloaked Figures I

Lynn Chadwick - Walking Cloaked Figures I

Original 1980
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Lot number: 101
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Lynn Chadwick 1914-2003 WALKING CLOAKED FIGURES I Each stamped with the artist's monogram, dated 78 and numbered 771S 3/8 Bronze Height (female figure): 11 in.; 28 cm Height (male figure): 11 1/4 in.; 28.5 cm Conceived in 1978 and cast in an edition of 8; this example cast by Burleighfield Arts in 1980. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Authentication Eva Chadwick has kindly confirmed that this cast is recorded in the artist’’s archives. Provenance Burleighfield Arts, England (acquired in 1980) Private Collection, Toronto Acquired from the above circa 1985 Literature Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick: Sculptor, With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue 1947-1988, Oxford, 1990, no. 771, illustration of another cast p. 297 Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick: Sculptor, With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue 1947-1996, Stroud, 1997, no. 771S, illustration of another cast p. 321 Dennis Farr & Eva Chadwick, Lynn Chadwick: Sculptor, With a Complete Illustrated Catalogue 1947-2005, Aldershot, 2006, no. 771S, illustration of another cast p. 329
 Mark Bradford - Smear

Mark Bradford - Smear

Original 2015
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Lot number: 1
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Mark Bradford B. 1961 SMEAR signed, titled and dated 2015 on the reverse mixed media and collage on canvas 96 x 72 in. 243.8 x 182.9 cm. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Courtesy of the artist and Hauser and Wirth
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Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New York
May 7, 2015
85
New York
May 12, 2015
65
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