How do Sotheby’s specialists define quality? It is something they understand instinctively or calculate by a formula? For some it means craftsmanship while others measure it by technical innovation, and many might use the word “timeless.” Ian Kelleher of RM Sotheby’s might describe it as a mix of all three. The engine of a Ferrari and other classic automobiles are “things of beauty,” says Kelleher. “Quality will last a lifetime. Many of these cars just will not change hands.” In Episode 10, Sotheby’s experts discuss the most subjective of criteria.

More from Sotheby's

Stay informed with Sotheby’s top stories, videos & news.
Receive the best from Sotheby’s delivered to your inbox.

By subscribing you are agreeing to Sotheby’s Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe from Sotheby’s emails at any time by clicking the “Manage your Subscriptions” link in any of your emails.

We use our own and third party cookies to enable you to navigate around our Site, use its features and engage on social media, and to allow us to perform analytics, remember your preferences, provide services that you have requested and produce content and advertisements tailored to your interests, both on our Site as well as others. For more information, or to learn how to change your cookie or marketing preferences, please see our updated Privacy Policy & Cookie Policy.