Frequently Asked Questions / Help
How can I find out what an object is worth?
Where can I find auction results?
Where do I go to buy / subscribe to Sotheby's at Auction magazine or publications?
What are the symbols that appear next to the estimates on Lots?
The symbols seen on the Lot Details are referred to as Lot Symbols; such as a triangle, square, or circle, are listed next to the estimates. The symbol may indicate a note such as a guarantee or lack of reserve. For complete list of Symbols and their definition click here.
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UPCOMING AUCTION & EVENTS
How can I find out about Sotheby's auctions and other events?
Click on Auctions from the top site menu. Here you can view Sotheby's events in three different ways - in a Timeline, Calendar or List format.
The auctions calendar allows you to filter your search by event type, location and department. To do this, simply click on 'More Options' above the calendar and make your selections. Alternatively, when in List view you can enter sale title or sale number into the search box provided, and hit Search. Here, you also have the option to 'Save to Calendar' to download the event to your own calendar.
How can I access catalogues?
View catalogues on the web site or as PDF
Sotheby's catalogues for most sales locations are published online with full illustrations. You can connect to our e-catalogues from the main Catalogues section.
To find a specific catalogue, select Buy/Browse and click ‘More Options’ to narrow your search by date, location or specialist department. Alternatively, enter the sale title or number in the Search box at the top.
Subscribe to catalogues or purchase individual catalogues
Within the Catalogues area of the site, you can purchase individual printed Sotheby's catalogues, or subscribe to catalogues, the Sotheby's at Auction magazine, or purchase a variety of other books. Find the catalogues you want via the Buy/Browse menu item and use the filter options by clicking ‘More Options’, or the Search field to narrow your search.
RESULTS & SPECIALIST DEPARTMENTS
How can I find out the results of an auction?
Results are posted online shortly after the close of each auction session. You can search for results via the Auction or Catalogue section of the site. Select Results from the top menu, then 'More Options' to filter your search by date, location and/or department. View the auction’s e-Catalogue for specific lot results.
Alternatively, find a specialist department’s auction results within the Department area of the site, under its ‘Records & Results’ section. Here you can easily view a department’s auction results for the past 12 months, alongside its records and significant sales.
Where can I find information on a specialist department?
Select Departments from the top main menu and view the full list of Sotheby’s specialist areas by category or alphabetically. Here you will find department overviews, catalogues, contact information for specialists, upcoming auctions, recent results, records and more.
I can't find results for a sale…
Please contact Sotheby's auction results line:
New York: (212) 606-7901
London: (44) 207 293 5855
A sale total has changed since last time I looked. Why?
Some auctions are conducted over more than one session, or even more than one day. Auction results are posted online after each session, and the current totals are listed. Incomplete totals are marked with an asterisk (*).