Sotheby’s Auction House


Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in ten different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources ofSotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Global Fine Art Division, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. In February 2015, RM Auctions formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s to become RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

Our History

Founded in 1744 by Samuel Baker, an entrepreneur, occasional publisher and successful bookseller, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognized firm of fine art auctioneers in the world.


With 80 locations in 40 countries, and nine sale rooms around the world, Sotheby’s conducts some 250 auctions a year in more than 70 categories. Providing a full range of services for our clients, our global offices are both flourishing business centres that attract remarkable consignments, as well as spaces for special events, charity auctions and more.


Sotheby’s offers all the services a collector would need, including valuations, museum services, tax and heritage services, private sales, Sotheby’s Financial Services, collection advising through Sotheby’s subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners,Private Client Group and access to Sotheby’s Mei Moses, the preeminent measure of the state of the art market.

How to Buy & Sell

Whether it’s through auctions, selling exhibitions or private sales, Sotheby’s is the simplest and most reliable place to buy and sell art and other highly valuable, unique objects. Looking for auction insight directly from our specialists? In the Value of Art, a new 10-part video series, our experts share the key factors that determine prices for art, wine, jewels and other precious objects.

We offer unparalleled access to some of the world’s most discerning buyers.

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