Sotheby’s®: A little history

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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 mintage, and moved to its world-renowned premises in New Bond Street, today Sotheby’s® London Head Office.
With sales figures for fine art significantly exceeding those achieved through the sale of books, a new era was to commence and this diversification was to lead to Sotheby’s® exponential growth in the 1960’s under the direction of Peter Wilson.

Dear clients,
The unprecedented situation in which we live has profoundly changed our behavior and our mentalities.
The protection of our customers and employees has become the top priority for a reopening the May 11th.

According to our Health Charter, and for the sake of barrier gestures, we make available to our customers, during visits or estimates, masks, gloves, overshoes and hydroalcoholic gel. We have developed virtual tours and video tours, allowing total immersion in complete safety. The reception of our customers in daily disinfected offices will always follow the Sotheby’s quality charter, in the presence of only one collaborator per office, supported by a close-knit team that can be contacted continuously.
Your Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty team !