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The Sotheby’s Difference

“We had experienced such success in selling the art on the walls, we decided to sell the walls themselves.”

Since its founding in 1976, Sotheby’s International Realty has been driven by the same goal upon which the auction house was built: providing white glove service. This powerful realty network has now grown to 12,000 agents in nearly 650 offices in 45 countries. Sotheby’s International Realty will complete more than 59,000 transactions this year, representing $41 billion in sales.

Sotheby’s Auction House

More than 250 years of marketing the world’s most valuable posessions.

Founded in 1744, Sotheby’s auction house grew its original service as a rare book seller in London to include antiquities, fine arts, collectibles and more. It house found remarkable success, having sold the first $1 million painting and regularly breaking sales records. More recently, Sotheby’s sold the most expensive artwork ever auctioned in Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”.

Sotheby’s Institute of Art

Preparing students for careers in the international art world for 40 years.

The Sotheby’s Institute of Art was originally founded as part of the auction house. Now, as a separately accredited institution, it provides classes in London, New York and online.

Sotheby’s Wine

“Most of the wine collectors I know are also very interested in everything visual… art in the widest sense.”

One of Sotheby’s most recently launched services is into wine. Sotheby’s Wine provides selection, tasting, curatorial and shipping services (where shipping is allowed — Massachusetts does not currently allow for the shipment of alcoholic beverages.)

Sotheby’s Diamonds

A marriage of jewellery and art.

Like the collection and appreciation of wine, diamonds were a natural step for Sotheby’s. Sotheby’s Diamonds presents rare and important diamonds in dramatic settings. Each is hand-crafted by European-trained designers in one of the few remaining world-class jewellery ateliers in New York.

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