Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art and objects since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York in 1955, the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong, France and India and the first international fine art auction house in China. Today our business is truly global, with a proprietary online platform that allows visitors to view auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world.
Sotheby’s established the evening “event” auction format; used satellite transmission to allow simultaneous bidding in New York and London in the 1960s; transformed the Modern Art market with the first offerings of works by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, and Robert Rauschenberg; and achieved the first sale of a work of art for more than $100 million. Recently, advancements in technology have been our focus. In the past 20 years we have become leaders in e-commerce, and we recently brought scientific research and artificial intelligence in-house.
Sotheby’s offers a full range of services to collectors. Sotheby’s Financial Services is a fullservice art financing company. Our subsidiary, Art Agency Partners, offers personal advisory services. Private sale opportunities are offered in more than 70 categories. And, our three retail businesses – Sotheby’s Diamonds, Sotheby’s Wine, and Sotheby’s Home provide collecting opportunities beyond the auction room.