P ivot. Adapt. Innovate. In this time of unprecedented events, Sotheby’s continues to present world class artworks in safe, engaging and new ways. Ahead of our evening auctions on 29 June at 6:30 PM EDT, we have introduced a suite of new digital features that deliver the full auction experience, including a new digital catalogue format, virtual exhibition tours, online events and more, all culminating in a dynamic reimagining of the live auction event.
Attend the Auction (from Afar)
Sotheby’s Is Revolutionizing Auctions, Again
S otheby’s New York marquee summer sale series will be held on 29 June at 6:30 PM EDT in a dynamic new auction format. Sotheby’s auctioneer Oliver Barker will be in London with Sotheby’s specialists in New York, Hong Kong and London taking bids in multiple languages via video live and in real time. You may watch the livestream of the sales on Sothebys.com or the Sotheby’s App, beginning at 6:20 PM EDT. By uniting the best of the live auction format with the latest technology and all the necessary health and safety precautions, Sotheby’s will transform the evening auction to both fit our current circumstances and our vision for the future. Find out more in this video featuring auctioneer Oliver Barker.
Explore Sotheby’s New Multimedia Catalogue
atalogues have always been the essential tool for collectors to view and learn about art and objects coming to auction. Now, Sotheby’s has developed a compelling new online catalogue that allows collectors to access the same expertly composed essays, plus enhanced imagery, video for every lot and more multimedia features that facilitate a deeper exploration of the art and the stories behind it. This new catalogue experience is available anytime, whether you are at home, or on the go, and we invite you to explore the catalogues for the June 29 auction today.
Browse this Season's Catalogues
Hang Art on Your Walls with AR Technology
ow will a painting look hanging in your home? With the newly launched augmented reality (AR) feature for Sotheby’s iOS app, you can view an artwork in your home alongside your existing collection before placing a bid. The AR function maps to your wall and furniture, and displays a high resolution image of the work that is true to its unframed dimensions, presenting the perfect opportunity to “live” with a work before you buy it.
Visit Sotheby’s Pre-Sale Exhibition Remotely
D uring a time when the power of art can’t be experienced as easily in person, our new virtual gallery brings the immersive quality of our exhibitions online with cutting-edge technology by Exhibita. You can navigate our York Avenue galleries to discover the exceptional array of artworks in our upcoming auctions. Carefully curated by our specialists and complete with educational wall texts, it is the next best thing to visiting the exhibition in person.
To learn more about a specific artwork, click on the painting or sculpture to see its caption information, plus additional media like original video content. This new exhibition experience is also integrated with our online catalogue so users can read catalogue notes, browse the rest of the sale, or bid on a specific work of art.
Meet with Us Online
U ntil we can reunite to experience the beauty of art together, Sotheby’s is proud to host a series of virtual events to promote the spirited dialogue and sense of community that we have always sought to foster. In addition to our leadership unveiling auction highlights and discussing the current state of the art market, we will present exclusive movie screenings with award-winning filmakers, conversations with art world luminaries, as well as specialist-led tours of our exhibitions. If you missed our virtual preview of the exhibition, you can watch it here.