50 Years New in Asia

2 023 marks the 50th anniversary of Sotheby’s in Asia, where we were the first international auction house to establish a permanent presence in the region with the opening of our Hong Kong office. Today, Sotheby’s is much more than an auction house. Sotheby’s is destination for cultural expertise and appreciation. It is a hub for the most discerning collectors and lovers of fine arts and luxury in Asia as well as a gateway for the rest of the world to discover the cultural heritage and creativity of Asia.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, our anniversary year is overflowing with extraordinary events, exhibitions, and landmark auctions set to take place throughout the region. It is a celebration of a legacy that we have created hand in hand with our community of collectors here in Asia, and alongside the region’s great museums and institutions.

Sotheby’s 50 Years New in Asia honours both the important achievements and milestones of the past and visions of the future. As we celebrate the legacy of five decades, we also embark on the journey in the next era of Sotheby’s Asia, and the next 50 years to come.

On This Day

11 March 1744

Sotheby's holds it's first sale in London at Exeter Exchange on the Strand, an auction of "several Hundred scarce and valuable Books in all branches of Polite Literature" that fetched a grand total of £826.

Auction Calendar


Two Monumental Sculptures by Yayoi Kusama

Two Monumental Sculptures by Yayoi Kusama

17 - 26 MARCH 2023
11AM - 7PM

15 Queen's Road Central, Hong Kong


Modern and Contemporary Auctions Highlights

22 – 26 March

5/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty


The Hong Kong Spring Salses

1 – 7 April

Hall 1, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, Wanchai


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