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,
 
Even in these difficult times, we stay by your side!
 
Although our brokerages in France are forced to close again for the time being, all Sotheby's International Realty ® teams in France and Monaco continue to work and remain at your disposal (by phone, email, SMS and video conference) to assist you with their unrivaled know-how and global resources!
 
Do not hesitate to contact us: Our local specialists are there to support you with all your luxury real estate needs. Today more than ever, luxury real estate remains a safe haven and an excellent long-term investment!
Take good care of yourself and your loved ones!
 
Your Paris Ouest Sotheby’s International Realty team