Expertise at Sotheby's

The Sotheby’s staff of more than 1,000 in 70 different cities worldwide is unsurpassed in their depth of knowledge and desire to assist clientele. Our specialists have numerous years of experience in their fields and are skilled at determining the current value of unique and rare objects, whether in the fine or decorative arts, jewellery, wine or other collecting areas. Many Sotheby’s specialists write and lecture widely and maintain close ties with museums and professional organisations. Approachable and enthusiastic, every member of Sotheby’s staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about the selling or buying process.

What are your staff’s areas of expertise?

Our specialists work in over 50 departments ranging from Antiquities to Contemporary Art, encompassing cultures from every continent and covering materials from diamonds to canvas.

How many languages does your staff speak?

While Sotheby’s primary language is English, we employ native speakers of Chinese, Russian, French, Spanish and German, amongst others. If you are interested in telephone bidding for an auction in a location where you do not speak the language, contact the nearest regional office at least 24 hours in advance of the auction so we can accommodate you.

How may I contact the appropriate Sotheby’s representative?

If you need help buying or selling a specific work of art, start with our directory of departments to identify your area of interest and the specialist who can help answer your questions. Alternatively, see our list of locations around the world to find the Sotheby’s office nearest you. You may also view our Services page to find contacts for Valuations, Trusts & Estates, Tax & Heritage, Museum Services, Corporate Art Services and Financial Services.