Patrimoine Sotheby’s
Sotheby’s®: A little history

Sotheby’s®: A little history

Founded in 1744 by Samuel Baker, Sotheby’s® is the world’s oldest art auctioneer. Originally specialized in the sale of books, Sotheby’s® was able to organize within just a few years of its creation the sale of the era’s most illustrious libraries, among them Napoleon Bonaparte’s collection.
Following the Great War, Sotheby’s® enlarged its activity to include the sale of art work, medals and...
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The Peter Wilson era, or the international dimension

The Peter Wilson era, or the international dimension

Peter Wilson was to propel Sotheby’s® onto the international scene, ensuring that the company played an active role in a meteoric resurge in the passion for Impressionist and Modern Art.
Under his direction, the most remarkable sale was that of the renowned Goldschmidt collection which in 1958 generated sales figures of £781 000 in just 21 minutes with seven works sold.
At the time the highest total ever achieved...
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40 years of Sotheby’s® competence, prestige and innovation

40 years of Sotheby’s® competence, prestige and innovation

Sotheby’s® conducted the historic auction of the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels on the banks of Lac Léman in 1987. Highly competitive bidding from across the globe raised a total of over 50 million dollars, five times more than Sotheby’s® pre-sale estimates. Sotheby's® had indelibly made its mark globally.

By the late 1980’s anything seemed possible as prices raised in auctions drew...
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Sotheby’s® London and New York offices

Sotheby’s® London and New York offices

Though the fine art market was to experience a succession of cycles from slump to recovery, Sotheby’s® not only weathered the storm but rather became stronger and greater. Following the global economic crisis of the early 1990’s and for the twenty subsequent years, the growth of Sotheby’s® seemed and seems limitless.

Sotheby’s® trademark expertise and customer service combined with a remarkable...
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How to buy with Sotheby’s®

How to buy with Sotheby’s®

In order to valuate your furniture or work of art, a team of Sotheby’s® specialists is at your disposal and looks forward to meeting you at your convenience.

The Sotheby’s® sales process

Sotheby’s® organize over 350 sales every year, mainly in New York, London and Paris, but also in Hong-Kong, Geneva, Zurich, and Singapore.
A month before the date of sale,...
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How to sell with Sotheby’s®

How to sell with Sotheby’s®

In order to valuate your furniture or work of art, a team of Sotheby’s® specialists is at your disposal and looks forward to meeting you at your convenience.

Valuation by Sotheby's ® experts

Sotheby’s® expertise covers an extensive range of categories: western, impressionist, modern, contemporary, ancient, African and Oceanian art, wine, jewellery, watches and...
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Sotheby's®: Inventory service

Sotheby's®: Inventory service

Sotheby's® provides asset estimates as part of its inventory service. Sotheby's® is recognized by tax departments, insurance companies and in the context of estates. An estimate will include a precise description of assets as well as their detailed value. For more details please contact the Sotheby's® Inventory Department.
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Sotheby’s®: Institute of art

Sotheby’s®: Institute of art

Sotheby’s® Institute of Art is Sotheby’s® private teaching establishment offering a wide choice of courses in Europe, America and Asia in the field of fine art and decorative art.

For more details, see the Sotheby’s® Institute of Art welcome page.
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Sotheby’s®: Finance

Sotheby’s®: Finance

Sotheby’s Financial Services allow you to use your works of art as a guarantee. French legislation limits this loan facility to auctions.
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Sotheby's® : Diamonds

Sotheby's® : Diamonds

Sotheby’s® Diamonds is a partnership between Sotheby’s® and the Steinmetz Diamond Group. With the appointment of M. de Givenchy as artistic director, art and diamonds unite in a unique collection.

For more details contact Sotheby's® Diamonds website home page.
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