Sotheby’s Scotland Newsletter

April 2020

Although we are not currently able to welcome you into our Edinburgh office at this moment, I want to assure you that we remain fully available to you and contactable while working from home. The office number 0131 558 7799 will connect directly through to me or you can contact me via email or on my mobile 07866575012.

Sotheby’s global business continues to operate as normally as possible, with a number of very successful sales held in recent days demonstrating the resilience of the global art market. Last week’s auctions of Jewels Online and Watches Online were 97% and 86.5% sold by lot respectively. 85% of lots in Thursday’s Banksy Online prints sale achieved prices above their high-estimates, and the sale was 96% sold by lot overall.

We continue to offer a wide range of services, including auctions, Private Sale opportunities, online valuations, and lending through Sotheby’s Financial Services. Given the increasing preference of many clients to engage with us in digital formats to discover, explore and bid on art and objects, we are confident we can continue to deliver exceptional service and sales to our clients around the world.

We would be delighted to provide advice and valuations, for auction or private sale, on any relevant works within your collection.

Lucy Brown, Head of Edinburgh

Scottish Sales

Sotheby’s private viewing room at the Edinburgh Grand, St Andrew Square

We look forward to welcoming you to our Scottish Art exhibition in late October this year at our Edinburgh HQ. The sale will include the best of Scottish Art from the last century up to the present day including stand out works by the Scottish Colourists. Bidding will be available online at with the live sale day of 17th November 2020.

Private Sales

Even in uncertain moments, like the one we find ourselves in now, there are still many collectors who wish to sell or invest in art. Sotheby’s David Schrader, head of private sales, shares the many ways he and his team can help clients every day. “Collecting doesn’t only happen four times a year at auction – it really is a year-round activity,” he says. “Our clients are interested in purchasing the best objects at the best prices whenever they are available.”

Sotheby’s Financial Services

Sotheby’s Financial Services is the world’s only full-service art financing company. With our in-depth knowledge of the international art market, we can provide a timely and accurate valuation of your collection, then offer you a tailor-made financing solution.

From the Archives: Stories to Enlighten, Inspire and Delight

We know many of you are home right now as the world confronts this global health crisis. Art can offer an excellent escape and source of inspiration, and so we searched our archive for some of our favourite stories and videos from the past few years. We hope you enjoy reading and watching these stories as much as we enjoyed creating them.

How to Bid Online at Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s leads the industry in providing simple and secure ways to bid. In the video above, learn about the features that make bidding online at Sotheby’s easier than ever. Discover how to place your bids — on your smartphone or computer — from almost anywhere in the world. To learn more about bidding at Sotheby’s, watch our video.

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