An Extraordinary History

Sotheby’s is one of the world’s largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, and collectibles.

The Sotheby’s International Realty® brand harnesses the worldwide recognition and prestige of the Sotheby’s name. The collaboration between realty and auction utilizes a combination of unique and exclusive marketing efforts that provide targeted exposure to a coveted and influential audience. In the global markets we serve, this relationship distinguishes our brand in a meaningful way.

In the heart of London in 1744, an exceptional auction house was founded; it thrived as it developed a revered tradition of bringing the world’s most cherished possessions to a global market. This tradition, more than two centuries old, provides authentic knowledge about art and culture comparable to none. The oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol: BID), Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries, and presents auctions in eight different salesrooms including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.

Sotheby’s is now much more than an auction house: it offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories. Sotheby’s also has thriving retail businesses, including S|2, its Contemporary Art gallery, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine.