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15 Most Memorable Online Sales

Between battling paddles and the auctioneer’s lightning-speed banter, a live auction at Sotheby’s is an experience like no other. But as more collectors are also bidding online, the thrill of snagging a coveted lot is no longer confined to the saleroom. Whether jewellery, wine or fine art, star lots across categories are increasingly finding buyers through Sotheby's digital platforms – in 2015 alone, online business exceeded $100 million, and 2016 is on track to surpass that. Click ahead to discover 15 sales that impressed us most. –Stephanie Sporn