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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

Carol Rama - Prove A Carico

Carol Rama - Prove A Carico

Original 2002
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Lot number: 102
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Carol Rama PROVE A CARICO 1918 - 2015 signed and dated2002; signed twice, titled and dated2002 twiceon the reverse rubber, oil and aquatint on canvas 80 by 60 cm. 31 1/2 by 23 5/8 in. Private Collection, Europe Wannenes Art Auctions, Genova, 24 November 2016, Lot 19 Acquired from the above by the present owner Catalogue Note \“Always in my work, I am referring to something that has moved, disturbed or fascinated me, to which I have been connected emotionally in my childhood or in the present\’\” CAROL RAMA quoted in Exh. Cat., Torino, Fondation Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Carol Rama, Retrospettiva, March - June 2004, p. 36
Lyonel Charles Feininger - I. Two Toy Sailing Boats In Calm Sea Ii. Two Toy Sailing Boats In High Waters

Lyonel Charles Feininger - I. Two Toy Sailing Boats In Calm Sea Ii. Two Toy Sailing Boats In High Waters

Type 11 1930
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Lot number: 8
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Lyonel Feininger I. TWO TOY SAILING BOATS IN CALM SEA II. TWO TOY SAILING BOATS IN HIGH WATERS 1871 - 1956 i. Inscribed to the reverse by another hand Lux F. ii. Dated to the reverse by the artist 1930   gelatin silver print i. 18 by 23.9 cm. 7 1/8 by 9 3/8 in. ii. 17.6 by 23 cm. 6 7/8 by 9 1/8 in.
Max Ernst - Méduse Circonflexe

Max Ernst - Méduse Circonflexe

Original 1933
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Lot number: 1
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MÉDUSE CIRCONFLEXE Max Ernst 1891 - 1976 signedmax ernst(lower right): signed max ernst, titled méduse circonflexe, dated 1933 and inscribed 26 rue des Plantes PARIS 14e (on the original canvas before laid down process, according to the catalogue raisonné) oil on canvas 38,2 x 46 cm ; 15 x 18 1/8 in. Painted in 1933.
Mario Buccellati - A Monumental Italian Silver Flamingo

Mario Buccellati - A Monumental Italian Silver Flamingo

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Lot number: 8
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A monumental Italian silver flamingo, Mario Buccellati, Milan, 20th century realistically modeled as a flamingo with textured feathers, detachable head, with a Certificate of Authenticity marked on tail feather M. Buccellati, 800, and 15-MI, marked on each foot 800, beak engraved M. Buccellati height 62 in. 1570.5 cm 514 oz 10 dwt 16004 g
Marcel Duchamp - Eau & Gaz À Tous Les Étages

Marcel Duchamp - Eau & Gaz À Tous Les Étages

Original 1958-59
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Lot number: 101
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Marcel Duchamp EAU & GAZ À TOUS LES ÉTAGES 1887 - 1968 Eau & Gaz à tous les étages plaque: signed with the initials M.D. (lower right) Large Glass colourtype: inscribed MARCEL COLORVIT POUR ANDRE BRETON (lower centre) Self Portrait in Profile (hinged interior lid): inscribed Marcel Dechivaravit and numbered 128 J (centre) Self Portrait in Profile (edition justification page on verso of the book Sur Marcel Duchamp by Robert Lebel): signed Marcel Duchamp, signed by Robert Lebel and numbered J Cloth-covered box containing the deluxe edition of Sur Marcel Duchamp by Robert Lebel (1959) with the limited edition metal plaque Eau & Gaz à tous les étages, and celluloid facsimile of the Large Glass as well as Self Portrait in Profile in the interior box: 35.2 x 26.5 x 6 cm; 13 3/4 x 10 1/2 x 2 3/8 in; book: 32 x 24.3 cm; 12 5/8 x 9 1/2 in; Eau & Gaz à tous les étages: 15 x 20 cm; 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in. Executed in 1958-59.
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
New-york
October 19, 2017
20
Paris
October 19, 2017
41
Paris
October 21, 2017
110
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