This year Sotheby’s celebrated 50 years of sales and exhibitions in Italy. To mark the anniversary, the auction house curated a unique exhibition, presenting an extraordinary collection of masterpieces discovered by Sotheby’s Italy over the years. These works were deemed to be "assets of national interest" by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage, which ensured they never went under the hammer. We take a look at some of the key works, ranging from Classical Antiquity to modernity. Click ahead to see the highlights.