The Sotheby's Brand
Tomlinson Sotheby’s International Realty is part of a portfolio of companies and services in the enduring legacy of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Since its beginnings as a London book seller in 1744, Sotheby’s Auction House has expanded its brand to include other luxury services including the Sotheby’s Institute, Sotheby’s International Realty, Sotheby’s Wine, and Sotheby’s Diamonds. In each case clients receive white glove service from experts in the field. We make a committment to be sure that you receive the finest service available.
Sotheby’s International Realty
The Sotheby’s International Realty network currently has more than 12,000 sales associates located in approximately 600 offices in more than 45 countries and territories worldwide, and places over 7,500 referrals every year.
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Sotheby’s Auction House
Sotheby’s was founded in London on March 11, 1744, when Samuel Baker auctioned “several Hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley for a few hundred pounds. The story of Sotheby’s expansion beyond books to include the best in fine and decorative arts and jewellery is also the story of the global auction market, defined by extraordinary moments that continue to capture the world’s attention.
Since 1744, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world. Our auctions, conducted in the venerable salerooms in London and Paris, the museum-quality galleries of our headquarters in New York and the spirited environs of Hong Kong rivet audiences worldwide. Season after season, the depth and excellence of Sotheby’s offerings have produced watershed, record-breaking sales. Sotheby’s has been entrusted with the sale of many of the world’s treasures, amongst them: Napoleon’s St Helena library, the Duchess of Windsor’s jewels, the Estate of Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents, Picasso’s Garçon à la Pipe, Bacon’s Triptych, 1976, The Grand Ducal Collections of Baden, the Qianlong Yellow-Ground Famille-Rose Double-Gourd Vase, the 5,000-year-old Guennol Lioness, Giacometti’s L’Homme Qui Marche I, the Magna Carta, the first printing of the Declaration of Independence and The Martin Luther King Jr Collection.
Sotheby’s has long recognised that great works of art, as well as the collectors interested in consigning and acquiring them, inhabit the global sphere. We were the first international auction house to expand from London to New York in 1955, and the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong and the then–Soviet Union. Today we maintain 90 locations in 40 countries and we conduct 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories. In addition to our four principal salerooms, the company, recognising the potential in new markets, also conducts auctions in six other salerooms around the world, further expanding our global reach. Through BIDnow, clients can also watch all Sotheby’s auctions live online and place bids in real time, from anywhere in the world. And through the ever-enriching content on Sothebys.com, the oldest publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange (BID) continues to be fresh and current, while always mindful of its historic roots.
An unwavering commitment to the very highest level of quality remains the goal of one of the most storied names on the global business stage.
ABOUT SOTHEBY’S WINE
Sotheby’s Wine is both a retail wine merchant and auctioneer, with a store in the lobby of Sotheby’s headquarters building in New York, at 72nd and York.Sotheby’s Wine, which was formerly known as Aulden Cellars, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sotheby’s Inc. In May 2009, we combined our retail and auction wine businesses under the “Sotheby’s Wine” name and now offer a full range of buying and selling services across both channels. With the launch of our retail website, we will be able to offer wine buyers a wider range of wines, available for more immediate delivery (and consumption), in addition to our regular auctions.
In our new retail business, we apply the same exacting standards that we have used in our traditional auction business, with a focus on sourcing excellent wines, in pristine condition and from impeccable sources. However, we can now sell them directly to you, at a fixed price, in whatever quantity you would like and for immediate delivery. Whether you are buying a small number of bottles for a party, a bottle as a gift, buying wines for investment or building a great wine collection, we will be delighted to help and advise you at both retail and auction.
ABOUT SOTHEBY’S DIAMONDS
Sotheby’s Diamonds presents rare and important diamonds both loose and in dramatic settings, resulting in a true marriage of art and jewellery. The one-of-a-kind jewels are meticulously hand-crafted by European-trained artisans at one of the few remaining world-class jewellery ateliers. The Collection is available for purchase at the Sotheby’s Diamonds salons in New York and Hong Kong as well as through exclusive exhibitions worldwide.
Sotheby’s Diamonds is a unique partnership between the world’s oldest international auction house and the Steinmetz Diamond Group, renowned experts in cutting and polishing extraordinary diamonds for over seven decades.