Sotheby’s was founded in 1744 as a book auctioneer and has since expanded to sell many of the world’s most valuable fine and decorative arts, wine, jewellery and other precious objects.
Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to expand from London to New York, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong. Today, Sotheby’s maintains 90 offices in 40 countries, with principal salesrooms in New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.
“My own personal feeling is that all my #sculpture is on the edge of #dreams. They come close to the unconscious in spite of their #geometry. On one level, my work has clarity. On another, it is chaotic and imagined” - ‘Master of the Monumentalists’, #TonySmith’s large-scale #geometric forms represent some of the finest achievements in #American post-war sculpture. This simultaneously forbidding and beautiful work is emblematic of Smith’s output: imposing in #scale, multi-faceted and painted in his signature black finish. On view at #Chatsworth House until 12 November as part of our #BeyondLimits exhibition.
Martin Gale's realist paintings show everyday life in 21st century rural Ireland. Pictured here is 'The Weekender' painted earlier this year. Take a trip around our #London galleries this weekend when our #Irish Art sale preview opens on Friday. #SothebysIrish
Cecil Bendall was a Professor of Sanskrit at #UCL, who collected a large number of original #Sanskrit #manuscripts and inscriptions. His account of a Journey of Literary and Archaeological Research in #Nepal and Northern #India during the winter of 1884-85 heads to auction in our Travel Books sale in London next week. The narrative is illustrated with a fine series of rare photographic plates of scenes in and around the #Katmandu valley, such as the majestic #temple 📸here. Visit our New Bond Street galleries from Friday when the spectacular exhibition for the sale opens to the public. #SothebysBooks #CecilBendall
“I would have loved to have met him, even once. It would have been something to remember, a great thrill.” – David Hockney. A total of 69 artists contributed to ‘Hommage à Picasso’, a portfolio of prints produced in 1973 in celebration of Picasso’s 90th birthday. Hockney represents himself as a student carrying his portfolio for inspection by Picasso, who is depicted as a monumental classical bust. The six-volume edition will be offered in our Prints & Multiples sale in #London this Wednesday. #SothebysPrints #PabloPicasso #DavidHockney
"The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough" - Rabindranath Tagore
A highlight of Sotheby's Hong Kong Important Watches Autumn Sale on 2 October, the No. 1 Lady Arpels Butterfly Symphony by Van Cleef & Arpels, circa 2013, portrays the serenity of an enchanted forest animated by butterflies 🦋whose flight positions indicate respectively, the retrograde hour and the minute. ⌚️#sothebyswatches #sothebys #sothebyshongkong #vancleef #vancleefarpels #vancleefandarpels #vancleefwatch #watch #watches #vancleefarpelswatch