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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

Paul Signac - Venise, San Giorgio Vu De La Riva Dei Schiavoni

Paul Signac - Venise, San Giorgio Vu De La Riva Dei Schiavoni

Original 1904
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Lot number: 101
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Description:
Paul Signac 1863 - 1935 VENISE, SAN GIORGIO VU DE LA RIVA DEI SCHIAVONI signed P. Signac (lower left) watercolour and pencil on paper 19.8 by 25.2cm., 7 3/4 by 9 7/8 in. Executed in 1904. Authentication The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Marina Ferretti.Provenance Private Collection, Switzerland (acquired in the 1950s)
Yoshitomo Nara - Mori Girl

Yoshitomo Nara - Mori Girl

Original 2012
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Lot number: 501
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Description:
Yoshitomo Nara B.1959 MORI GIRL Executed in 2012, this work is number 119 from an edition of 200. signed in English and numbered 119/200 on a wood certificate painted wood 29 (h) by 19 by 15 cm, 11 3/8 (h) by 7 1/2 by 5 7/8 in. This work is in very good condition. There are no apparent condition issues.
Andy Warhol - Four Marilyns (reversal Series)

Andy Warhol - Four Marilyns (reversal Series)

Original 1986
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Lot number: 18
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Andy Warhol 1928 - 1987 FOUR MARILYNS (REVERSAL SERIES) signed on the overlap and annotated I certify that this is an original painting by Andy Warhol completed by him in 1986 Frederick Hughes on the overlap acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas 92.7 by 71.1 cm. 36 1/2 by 28 in. Executed in 1979-86.
Bruce Nauman - Maquette For 5 Foot 8 Inch Figure

Bruce Nauman - Maquette For 5 Foot 8 Inch Figure

Original 1998
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Lot number: 101
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Bruce Nauman B. 1941 MAQUETTE FOR 5 FOOT 8 INCH FIGURE stamped with the artist's name, dated 1998 and numbered 8/15 on the backside of the figure bronze and tuff-cal plaster 49.5 by 28.5 by 16.5 cm. 19 1/2 by 11 1/4 by 6 1/2 in. Executed in 1998, this work is number 8 from an edition of 15, plus 2 artist's proofs, plus 1 foundry proof, plus 1 publisher's proof. Colour: The colours in the catalogue illustration are fairly accurate, although the patina is slightly darker in the original. Condition: This work is in very good condition. Close inspection reveals a few faint handling marks, notably to the back of the figure, and a very small number of small chips to the edges base, which are likely to be original. All other surface irregularities appear to be inherent to the artist's choice of medium and working process.
 North-Italian School - Allegorical Figures Of Justice And Strength

North-Italian School - Allegorical Figures Of Justice And Strength

Original
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Lot number: 3
Other WORKS AT AUCTION
Description:
Italie du Nord, XVIe siècle Allégories de la Justice et de la Force A PAIR OF NORTH ITALIAN 16TH CENTURY BRONZE ALLEGORICAL FIGURES OF JUSTICE AND STRENGTH, INSCRIBED L'EGGE AND L.FORZA Quantity: 2 intitulés L'EGGE et L. FORZA paire de putti en bronze à patine brune Haut. 25 cm ; height 9 3/4 in.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
June 28, 2016
47
London
June 29, 2016
179
Paris
June 30, 2016
18
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