Sotheby’s is proud to report a record year in the company’s history at the forefront of art market transformation, driven by strength and depth of demand and an influx of new collectors, and powered by rapid expansion of offerings and platforms. New sale formats and categories attracted a wider audience of participants (a record number of bidders joined in Sotheby’s sales, with 44% them new to Sotheby’s) and a rise in quality works coming to the market is meeting strong demand from new and established collectors.
Notable records made in 2021
- Highest price ever achieved for an Old Master at Sotheby’s: $92.2 million Botticelli
- Auction record for a coin: 1933 Double Eagle sells for $18.9 million
- Most valuable sneakers ever sold: Kanye West 2008 ‘Grammy worn’ Nike Air Yeezy Samples make $1.8 million
- A record for a work of Latin Art: Frida Kahlo’s masterpiece ‘Diego y yo’ sells for $34.9 million
- Banksy’s ‘Love is in the Bin’: painting triples high estimate to bring record $25.4 million – three years after the painting famously
shredded in Sotheby’s London auction room
- Most valuable historical document ever sold: a rare printing of the US Constitution sells for $43.2 million
- 101 Bored Ape Yacht Club NFTs sold together for $24.4 million, setting a new auction record for a single lot sold online at Sotheby’s
- The highest price ever achieved for a pair of sneakers at auction – Michael Jordan Regular Game Worn Nike Air Ships sold for $1.5 million
- The Hamilton Aphrodite sells for $24.6 million, setting a new record for any ancient marble at auction
- A Patek Philippe ‘Pink on Pink’ Reference 1518 soared to $9.6 million – a new auction record for any wristwatch ever sold at
Sotheby’s, and a record for any watch sold at auction this year
Learn more about this historic year here!