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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.
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Some works sold by Sotheby's

Robert Rauschenberg - Samarkand Stitches #vii

Robert Rauschenberg - Samarkand Stitches #vii

Original 1988
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Lot number: 4
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Robert Rauschenberg B.1925 SAMARKAND STITCHES #VII (GEMINI 41.188) Screenprint in colors with unique fabrics, 1988, inscribed '# 11' in black marker on the verso, from the edition of 72, from the Samarkand Stitches series, on Ikat silk and domestic fabrics, with an embroidered identification tag verso from the printer and publisher, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, framed overall: 48 7/8 by 43 7/8 in.; 124 by 111.5 cm
School Swiss - Portrait Of A Man With Fraise

School Swiss - Portrait Of A Man With Fraise

School
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Lot number: 21
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Ecole Suisse du XVIIe siècle,suiveur de Nicolas Neufchâtel PORTRAIT D'HOMME À LA FRAISESWISS SCHOOL, 17TH CENTURY, FOLLOWER OF NICOLAS NEUFCHTEL ;PORTRAIT OF A MAN WITH FRAISE ; OIL ON CIRCULARPANEL Huile sur panneaucirculaireDiamètre : 14 cm ; 5 1/2 in Provenance Galerie Brian L. Koetser, Zurich, en 1969 ;Ancienne collection Georges Bemberg
John Frederick Lewis - Britishseated Arab Merchant At Suez

John Frederick Lewis - Britishseated Arab Merchant At Suez

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Lot number: 2
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John Frederick Lewis, R.A. 1805-1876 BRITISHSEATED ARAB MERCHANT AT SUEZ inscribed and dated inpencil Suez / 184? lower leftwatercolour over black chalk, heightened with bodycolour and gumarabic35 by 44cm., 13½ by 17½in. Provenance Possibly, the artist’’’’s estateSale: Christie’’’’s, London, 4-7 May 1877, lot 198, as ‘Meccaweh: Suez, 1844’’’’, bought Evans, and /or sale from the artist’’’’s estate, London, Christie’’’’s, 3 May 1897, lot 24, ‘Meccawehsmoking, Suez’’’’, bought Lightfoot; thence by descent within theartist’’’’s family Exhibited Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Laing Art Gallery, JohnFrederick Lewis R.A. , 1971, no. 62 Literature Major-General Michael Lewis, C.B.E., John Frederick Lewis,R.A., 1805-1876 , 1978, p. 85, no. 433 (possibly the same asno. 410) CatalogueNote During his nearly tenyear sojourn in Cairo in the 1840s, Lewis visited Sinaiseveral times, passing through Suez on his route. The port onthe Gulf of Suez, at the northern end of the Red Sea, had not yetassumed the significance it would attain after the opening of theSuez Canal in 1869, but it was nevertheless an important centre oftrade between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. Tradersfrom the towns of Yemen and Arabia would congregate there and thisstriking individual is likely to be a wealthy merchant.It is possible that the sheet, or a version of it, was the ‘Meccaweh: Suez, 1844’’’’ recorded in the artist’’’’s sale of 1877and/or the ‘Meccaweh smoking, Suez’’’’, in the artist’’’’s widow,Marian Lewis’’’’s sale in 1897 (see above). ‘Meccawee’’’’ or ‘Makkawi’’’’is colloquial Arabic for a male inhabitant of Mecca. How Lewispersuaded him to sit for this portrait is not known, but theinformality of his pose perhaps suggests some familiarity with theartist. He is seated, bare foot, and wears a rich red gibbeh (or jubbah : outer robe), with a red andyellow striped shawl wrapped loosely around his head andshoulders. He holds the end of the long sheesha (hookah) pipe to his mouth, smoking contemplatively, but other thanthe tall vessel containing the water for the pipe to his right,there is no indication of his surroundings and nothing to distractus from Lewis’’’’s intense scrutiny of his face and garments. He isnot romanticised nor patronised, but portrayed as Lewis found him,as a specific, albeit unnamed, individual. We are grateful toBriony Llewellyn for her help in cataloguing this work. See More SeeLess
Francis Bacon - Étude Pour Une Corrida

Francis Bacon - Étude Pour Une Corrida

Original 1971
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Lot number: 3
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Francis Bacon 1909 - 1992 ÉTUDE POUR UNE CORRIDA (SABATIER 10) Offset lithograph printed in colors, 1971, signed in felt-tip pen (very slightly faded), numbered in pencil 3/150, on wove paper, printed by Arte Paris, published by the musée du Grand Palais, Paris image: 1255 by 1145 mm 49 1/2 by 45 in sheet: 1584 by 1192 mm 62 3/8 by 47 in
Gortzius Geldorp - Portrait Of An Artist In Profile

Gortzius Geldorp - Portrait Of An Artist In Profile

Circle
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Lot number: 738
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Circle of Gortzius Geldorp PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST IN PROFILE, HALF-LENGTH, HOLDING BRUSHES AND A PALETTE inscribed on the reverse: Geldorp / 1609 oil on oak panel, with two unidentified wax seals, one bearing the initials 'AW' 39.9 by 32 cm.; 15 3/4 by 12 5/8 in.; with an addition of 2.7 cm. to the upper edge, and additions of 0.8 cm. to either side
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