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Sotheby's, London

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Sotheby's is a British-founded American multinational corporation headquartered in New York City. One of the world's largest brokers of fine and decorative art, jewelry, real estate, and collectibles, Sotheby's operation is divided into three segments: auction, finance, and dealer. The company's services range from corporate art services to private sales. It is named after one of its cofounders, John Sotheby.

Sotheby's is the world's fourth oldest auction house in continuous operation, with 80 locations in 40 countries. As of December 2011, the company had 1,446 employees worldwide. It is the world's largest art business, with global sales in 2011 totalling $5.8 billion.
Sotheby's was established on 11 March 1744 in London. The American holding company was initially incorporated in August 1983 in Michigan. In June 2006, Sotheby's Holdings, Inc. reincorporated in the State of Delaware and was renamed Sotheby's. In July 2016, Chinese insurance company Taikang Life became Sotheby's largest shareholder. Sotheby's maintains a significant presence in the UK, and its UK operation is headed by Lord Dalmeny.

In June 2019, Sotheby's announced that it was being acquired by French-Israeli businessman Patrick Drahi at a 61% market premium.
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  • One of London's top auction houses, recent auctions were on contemporary and modern art in 'Made In Britain' and on an international selection of prints and multiples from Renaissance times until...  more »
  • I had a fantastic experience. Everyone was really lovely and they were very patient while I got the money together to have it shipped halfway across the world.  more »
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  • 5 star auction house. Very reputed and world leader in various auctions. Best place to buy/sell art, paintings and antiques
  • Fabulous. High end experience in terms of service and artworks on offer. A pleasure to walk around and enjoy.

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