Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in ten different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. In February 2015, RM Auctions formed a strategic partnership with Sotheby’s to become RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment-quality automobiles. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID). 

Our History

Founded in 1744 by Samuel Baker, an entrepreneur, occasional publisher and successful bookseller, Sotheby’s is the oldest and largest internationally recognised firm of fine art auctioneers in the world. Click here to discover our history.



With 80 locations in 40 countries, and nine salerooms around the world, Sotheby’s conducts some 250 auctions a year in more than 70 categories. Providing a full range of services for our clients, our global offices are both flourishing business centres that attract remarkable consignments, as well as spaces for special events, charity auctions and more.



Sotheby’s offers all the services a collector would need, including valuations, museum services, tax and heritage servicesprivate sales, Sotheby’s Financial Services, collection advising through Sotheby’s subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners, Private Client Group and access to Sotheby's Mei Moses, the preeminent measure of the state of the art market.


How to Buy & Sell

Whether it's through auctions, selling exhibitions or private sales, Sotheby's is the simplest and most reliable place to buy and sell art and other highly valuable, unique objects. Looking for auction insight directly from our specialists? In the Value of Art, a new 10-part video series, our experts share the key factors that determine prices for art, wine, jewels and other precious objects.


Auction & Exhibition Calendar

All exhibitions at Sotheby’s are free and open to the public. Browse our website or download our mobile apps to explore our upcoming auctions, online-only auctions and selling exhibitions. Click here to see what is currently on view.


Sotheby's Institute of Art

With campuses in London, New York, and Los Angeles, Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers renowned Master’s degrees in Art Business, Contemporary Art, Fine and Decorative Art and Design, and more.  For connoisseurs, art world professionals, and lifelong learners, there are online courses, semester-long programs, and summer classes that cover a myriad of art business and art history topics.


Stay Connected

Experience Sotheby's content through our multi-platform digital apps and follow us on social media. 

Our Team

Possessing unrivalled knowledge of the art world, Sotheby’s team, led by the executive management, is comprised of trusted leaders and specialists in a vast array of fields, as well as client liaisons, restitution experts, scientists, cataloguers, press officers and many more who serve the needs of new and experienced collectors alike. Strategic, innovative and confident, our team consistently achieves remarkable records at auction and sets new industry benchmarks in the highly competitive global arts marketplace.



Sotheby’s is a global organisation committed to innovation and strives to attract, develop and retain top talent. Our world-class colleagues are passionate about their work, stimulated by both the objects around them and the fast pace of the art world. At Sotheby’s, we welcome new applications and enquiries to join our dynamic company.


Investor Relations & Board of Directors

Sotheby's is a public company registered with the New York Stock Exchange, listed under the ticker symbol BID. With a deep passion for art and remarkable understanding of technology and luxury brands, our Board of Directors delivers the greatest value to Sotheby's clients and shareholders. Click on Investor Relations for detailed financial information and news about the company.


Sotheby’s Museum Network

Sotheby’s Museum Network is a new online destination that connects art audiences with the world’s leading cultural institutions. It offers users a platform to discover and engage with exhibitions, collections, videos and stories from hundreds of museums across the globe.