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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

Helmut Newton - Big Nude Xiv

Helmut Newton - Big Nude Xiv

Original 1993
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Lot number: 1
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Helmut Newton 1920-2004 'BIG NUDE XIV', NICE, 1993 Silver print. Signed, titled, dated 1993 and dedicated in pencil. With the 'Copyright Helmut Newton Monte Carlo' and 'Reproduction Prohibited' stamps on the reverse. Image 36.1 x 28 cm (14 ¼ x 11 in.); sheet 40.5 x 30.5 cm (16 x 12 in.) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Christie's London, Photographs, 16 May 2012, lot 93 Literature Helmut Newton, Mes derniers nus, Vallois, Paris, 1994, ill. pl. 7, captioned 'Grand Nu XV -- Raquel, Nice 1993'; Helmut Newton, Work, Cologne, Taschen, 2000, ill. p. 175. This silver print is apparently in excellent condition.
Zilia Sánchez - Sin Título

Zilia Sánchez - Sin Título

Original 1971
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Lot number: 101
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Zilia Sánchez (b. 1926) SIN TÍTULO signed twice, inscribed, and dated 1971 on the reverse acrylic on canvas 43 3/4 by 73 1/4 in. 111.1 by 186 cm Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance Acquired from the artist Private Collection, San Juan
Elsa Gramcko - No. 10

Elsa Gramcko - No. 10

Original 1958
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Lot number: 1
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Elsa Gramcko (1925-1994) NO. 10 signed, titled and dated 1958 on the reverse oil on canvas 54 1/8 by 16 1/4 in. 137.1 by 41.2 cm Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Provenance The Collection of José Gómez-Sicre Alexander Slato, Caracas Acquired from the above, 1998 Exhibited Washington, D.C., Pan American Union, Elsa Gramcko of Venezuela, May 13-June 14, 1959, illustrated on cover São Paulo, Museu de Arte Moderna, V Bienal de São Paulo, Sala Especial, Venezuela, September-December 1959, p. 407, no. 1 Miami, The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, Florida International University, Embracing Modernity: Venezuelan Geometric Abstraction, October 13, 2010-January 2, 2011, p. 39, illustrated in color
Maxime Maufra - Au Pied Des Falaises, Le Matin, Camaret-sur-mer

Maxime Maufra - Au Pied Des Falaises, Le Matin, Camaret-sur-mer

Original 1902
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Lot number: 1
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Maxime Maufra 1861 - 1918 AU PIED DES FALAISES, LE MATIN, CAMARET-SUR-MER Signed Maufra and dated 1902 (lower right) Oil on canvas 23 3/4 by 28 3/4 in. 60.3 by 73 cm Painted in 1902. Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Authentication This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné being prepared by Madame Caroline Durand-Ruel Godfroy. Provenance The artist Durand-Ruel & Co., Paris (acquired from the above on November 14, 1902) Durand-Ruel & Co., New York (acquired from the above on January 12, 1906) Mr. Temple (acquired from the above on March 16, 1906) Private Collection David B. Findlay Inc., New York (acquired from the above) Acquired from the above by the present owner in 1970 Thence by descent
James Pattison Cockburn - Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity

James Pattison Cockburn - Cathedral Of The Holy Trinity

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Lot number: 99
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Style of Major-General James Pattison Cockburn 1779-1847 CATHEDRAL OF THE HOLY TRINITY, QUEBEC bears initials and indistinctly dated l.r: J.C 18-6; also bears inscription on the reverse: Cathedral Church built by Sir Robert Milnes/ at Quebec when Governor of Lower Canada oil on canvas 34 by 47cm., 13½ by 18½in.
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Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
May 27, 2015
108
New York
May 28, 2015
153
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