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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

Joris Van Son - A 'pronk' Still Life

Joris Van Son - A 'pronk' Still Life

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Lot number: 123
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Joris van Son ANTWERP 1623 - 1667 A 'PRONK' STILL LIFE OF FRUITS IN A BASKET TOGETHER WITH A GILT GOBLET, WINE GLASS, A HAM, A PIE, ORANGE, LEMON AND A CRAB, ALL UPON A TABLE DRAPED WITH BLUE AND WHITE CLOTHS signed lower left: J.VAN.SON.f. oil on canvas, in a carved and gilt wood frame 57.5 by 84 cm.; 22 5/8 by 33 in.
 Dutch School - Virgin And Child

Dutch School - Virgin And Child

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Lot number: 57
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Netherlandish, Malines, early 16th century VIRGIN AND CHILD with remnants of a red seal and inscribed: 934 on the reverse stamped with the Malines three-bar mark, stamped M on the polychromy twice, and inscribed: ... ATER GRATIA / ...D... / ... MARIA OMA...IE ..., and the base stamped with monogram I S (probably a painter's mark) and inscribed: SANTA MARI. gilt and polychromed walnut 34.5cm., 13 5/8 in.
Laura Knight - On The Beach

Laura Knight - On The Beach

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Lot number: 72
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Laura Knight R.A., R.W.S., R.E., R.W.A., P.S.W.A. 1877-1972 ON THE BEACH signed u.r.: Laura Knight; inscribed l.r.: A/ CONCERT/ WILL BE HELD AT/ JORY'S HOTEL/ LAMORNA; further inscribed l.r.: ON SATURDAY AUGUST 27/ AT 7.45 watercolour with bodycolour over pencil on card 73 by 53cm., 28¾ by 21in.
David Hockney - Pool Made With Paper Blue Ink For Book

David Hockney - Pool Made With Paper Blue Ink For Book

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Lot number: 1
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David Hockney B. 1937 POOL MADE WITH PAPER BLUE INK FOR BOOK (MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART TOKYO 234) the complete set, comprising a book and lithograph printed in colors, the book signed in red ink and stamp-numbered, the lithograph signed, dated and numbered 809/1000 in pencil (there are also 100 artist's proofs), 1980, the lithograph on Arches Cover mould-made paper, with the blindstamp of the printer and publisher, Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles, framed, the book contained in the original cloth-covered slipcase and cardboard box image: 10 3/8 by 9 in. (26.5 by 23.0 cm.) overall: 11 5/8 by 9 7/8 by 1 in. (29.5 by 25.0 by 2.5 cm.) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice
Dong Qichang - Poems In Running Script

Dong Qichang - Poems In Running Script

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Lot number: 503
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Dong Qichang 1555-1636, Chen Jiru 1558-1639 POEMS IN RUNNING SCRIPT signed Dong Qichang and Xuanzai, dated yihai (1635), the eleventh lunar month, at the age of 81, with two seals of the artist, dong qi chang, da zong bo yin; signed Chen Jiru, with two seals of the artist, mi gong, chen ji ru yin, and two collectors' seals of Gu Wenbin (1811-1889), wen bin zhen shang, pao yi ju shi, and two other collectors' seals, jian (4), ceng wei zhi yu zhi shan zhai suo you (4) ink on paper, album of twenty-two leaves 21.2 by 14.4 cm. 8 3/8 by 5 5/8 in. (22) Read Condition Report Read Condition Report Register or Log-in to view condition report Saleroom Notice Literature Jiang Zhaoshen (ed.), Calligraphy of Ming and Qing Masters, Vol. 3, Tokyo: Nigensha, 1987, pp. 4-7, 10-31
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