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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

Zhang Daqian - Lotus Pods, Calligraphy In Regular Script

Zhang Daqian - Lotus Pods, Calligraphy In Regular Script

Original 1917
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Lot number: 501
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Zhang Daqian (Chang Dai-chien) 1899-1983, Zhang Ji (20th Century) LOTUS PODS, CALLIGRAPHY IN REGULAR SCRIPT Painting signed Daqian jushi Zhang Yuan, dated gengwu, the twenty-fourth day of the seventh lunar month (September 16, 1930), with a dedication to Shaoquan, and three seals of the artist, wo zuo tian gong, da qian ju shi, zhang yuan Calligraphy signed Wenxiu Zhang Ji, with a dedication to Changqing, and one seal of the artist, da feng tang ink and color on paper, two fan leaves mounted as a hanging scroll each 17.8 by 50.8 cm. 7 by 20 in. (2)
Zhao Mengfu - Scholar's Studio Under A Tall Pine

Zhao Mengfu - Scholar's Studio Under A Tall Pine

Attributed 17th Century
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Lot number: 601
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Attributed to Zhao Mengfu SCHOLAR'S STUDIO UNDER A TALL PINE with spurious signature, Zi'ang, with a dedication to Zijun, and one seal, zhao shi zi ang Inscriptions on painting attributed to Wei Su, with spurious signature, Linchuan Wei Su, and one seal, illegible; attributed to Xu Ben, with spurious signature, Shanjun Xu Ben, and one seal, bei guo you wen With one collector's seal of Du Qiong (1396-1474), dong yuan; one collector's seal of Zhu Zhichi (17th Century), zhu wo an shou cang yin; and one other collector's seal, tian yu ren wen ink and color on paper, hanging scroll 66.7 by 32.4 cm. 26 1/4 by 12 3/4 in.
 Korean School -  Figure Of A Monk Korea

Korean School - Figure Of A Monk Korea

SILLA DYNASTY
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Lot number: 1094
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A GILT-BRONZE FIGURE OF A MONK KOREA, UNIFIED SILLA DYNASTY standing atop a circular lotus base, adorned in long robes falling in columnar folds around the body, the figure with hands held together in prayer at the chest, the head bowed slightly in prayer, the face with furrowed brows Height 4 1/2 in., 11.4 cm
 Banksy - Barcode

Banksy - Barcode

Original 2004
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Lot number: 1
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Banksy BARCODE B.1974 Screenprint, 2004, with the Artist's stamped-signature, numbered545/600in pencil, with the publisher's blindstamp, Pictures on Walls, London, on cream wove paper (unframed) sheet: 49.2 by 69.4cm.; 19 3/8 by 27 3/8 in. Catalogue Note This lot is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity issued by Pest Control Office.
Damien Hirst - All You Need Is Love, Love, Love

Damien Hirst - All You Need Is Love, Love, Love

Original 2010
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Lot number: 4
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
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Damien Hirst ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE, LOVE, LOVE B. 1965 signed and numbered A.P. IX/X in pencil, published by Other Criteria, London silkscreen in colours with diamond duston wove paper sheet: 152.4 by 152.4 cm. 60 by 60 in. Executed in 2010, this work is an artist's proof numberednine out of ten, aside from an edition of 50.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
September 20, 2018
108
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