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What have been the most expensive collectibles sold at Sotheby’s Auction House in the last 20 years? In 2000, it was Claude Monet’s Le Portail (Soleil) for $24,204,750 and in 2019 it was another Monet Painting, Meules selling at $110,747,000!

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Chatsworth House, in the United Kingdom, is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations, standing today among the most important stately homes in the UK. Rich with thousands of objects, the Devonshire Collection represents a grand tradition of collecting spanning half a millennium, and is widely celebrated as one of the most significant collections of art and objects in Europe.

Coming to Sotheby’s New York from 28 June–18 September, Treasures from Chatsworth: The Exhibition brings together more than 40 pieces from the Devonshire Collection and the legendary Chatsworth House in a groundbreaking installation by Hamilton set designer David Korins.

David Korins, the award-winning set designer who brought Hamilton to life, is preparing to unveil his latest creative project at Sotheby’s. Treasures from Chatsworth: The Exhibition is a remarkable chance to see 500 years of art and objects from one of Britain’s most esteemed country estates.

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The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 274-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.

Hermès Handbags Online offers 44 extraordinary examples of the finest craftsmanship from luxury brand Hermès. Led by a stunning “One Two Three and Away We Go” Limited Edition Birkin, the sale features a hand-picked selection of the brand’s iconic Birkin and Kelly bags in a variety of sizes, skins and colors – many of which are in pristine condition. Smaller leather goods, including clutches and wallets, are also available.

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Claude Monet’s Meules

The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 274-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.

May 14th was a monumental night at Sotheby’s New York, as 56 works from some of the greatest artistic masters of the 19th and 20th century garnered an incredible $350 million. The Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale’s remarkable results speak to both the magnitude of the spring auction’s consignor collections and the dynamic power of today’s art market.

Claude Monet’s Meules was the evening’s undoubted winner, with a winning bid of $110,747,000. The sale sets a new artist record price for a work by the artist, outdoing the previous benchmark of $84.7 million. What’s more, the masterpiece is the first work of Impressionist Art to sell for more than $100 million at auction. In just eight minutes, six bidders fought hard for the masterpiece – but there could be only one winner. Meules is considered the crowning achievement of Monet’s Haystacks series, but the present work has not been seen at auction since its sale to a prolific collector in 1986. Given this, Tuesday’s sale was a rare opportunity for buyers to appreciate the sublime work of a profound master.

 

The blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 273-year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Sotheby’s Auction House.

Sotheby’s is delighted to present Berluti: The Art of Craftsmanship*, a selection of items hand-chosen by Sotheby’s specialists, which pay tribute to the pillars of Berluti’s heritage and proficiency: specifically the distinct hand-crafted Berluti patina and the exclusive Venezia leather, introduced by Olga Berluti in the 1980s. The sale offers collectors a unique opportunity to acquire incredibly rare pieces from landmark moments throughout the luxury shoemaker’s history. The standout lot is a Porsche 911 from 1973, the first car ever to be fully customised in an exclusive Berluti patinated leather interior. This groundbreaking auction is held exclusively online between 24 April and 7 May, with the full exhibition on view at Sotheby’s Paris premises between 24 – 29 April. 

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Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art (29 March) and Works on Paper (28 March) sales feature works by some of the 19th and 20th century’s most celebrated artists. From Kees Van Dongen’s portrayals of the romantic exuberance of 1920s Paris to Joan Miró’s surreal collages and further works by Magritte, Picabia, Picasso and many others, together they present a collection of true masterpieces. 

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In 1744, Sotheby’s held its first auction—a books sale in London that totaled £826.

Founded by Samuel Baker, Sotheby’s began as a bookseller in London, and over the years, it has continued to auction literary works, including the unpublished papers of Sir Isaac Newton, Martin Luther King Jr.’s collection, and the Magna Carta.

By 1883, the auction house had started selling art. Ninety years later, Sotheby’s sold works by living artists, such as Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg, for the first time, bringing new attention and recognition of modern art. In 1958, Sotheby’s obtained a collection belonging to Jakob Goldschmidt of of seven paintings by leading impressionist and post-impressionist artists Édouard Manet, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir for a sale. The auction was put on as a black-tie evening event and became the standard for what is known today as the evening sale.

In the 275 years since then, the firm has expanded both geographically and in the types of works it sells.

To celebrate the 275th anniversary, Sotheby’s chairman of the board, Domenico De Sole, accompanied by colleagues, rang the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange Monday morning, where Sotheby’s is the oldest company traded. .


Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s presents auctions in ten different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong, and Paris, and Sotheby’s Bid Now programme allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world.
Discover the visionary collection of legendary French contemporary art dealers Marianne and Pierre Nahon.

In this episode of A Life Less Ordinary presented by Hennessy Paradis Imperial, Marianne and Pierre invite us into their home in Vence and explain how they turned a passion for art into a career, defending the creations of subversive artists such as César and Arman and being among the first to exhibit the works of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol in France. 250 artworks that lived with the Nahons will be auctioned in Sotheby’s upcoming sale ‘L’Art C’est La Vie – Collection Marianne et Pierre Nahon‘ (19-20 March, Paris).

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Summit Sotheby’s International Realty; the blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 274 yearheritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature articles of interest from the Auction House.
Most individuals are unaware that the Sothebys.com website provides information not only about the Auctions but through Sotheby’s Museum Networking, the site provides updates on art collections and “must see” show openings in art museums throughout the world. The website also offers wonderful Museum Network City Guides. For Tim Marlow’s Must-See Museum Exhibitions for February 2019 please click here.
One of Tim’s favorites will be the Monet Exhibition at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, February 16th to March 27th. The exhibition features fifty paintings by Claude Monet dating mainly from 1913 to 1926, the final phase of his long career, including twenty works from the Musée Marmottan Monet in Paris. 

Summit Sotheby’s International Realty; the blue sign, classic branding and a worldwide network backed by the 273 year heritage of the Sotheby’s Auction House. Twice monthly I will feature on my blog articles of interest from the Auction House. Kicking off the collector car auction season on a strong note, RM Sotheby’s returns to the vibrant grounds of the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, 17–18 January, for its 20TH ANNUAL ARIZONA SALE. Set to continue the company’s strong track record in Phoenix, presenting more than 100 blue-chip automobiles from the world’s most iconic marques. Hand-selected by RM Sotheby’s international team of specialists, the catalogue will span the spectrum of the market, from pre-war classics and contemporary supercars through important sports and racing cars.