An unwavering commitment to the very highest level of quality remains the goal of one of the most storied names on the global business stage.
A revered tradition of marketing the world’s most treasured possessions
Sotheby’s was founded in London on 11 March 1744, when Samuel Baker auctioned “several hundred scarce and valuable books” from the library of the Rt Hon Sir John Stanley for a few hundred pounds. Since that time, Sotheby’s has distinguished itself as a leader in the auction world, entrusted with the sale of many of the world’s treasures.
The story of Sotheby’s expansion beyond books to include the best in fine and decorative arts and jewellery is also the story of the global auction market, defined by extraordinary moments that continue to capture the world’s attention. Season after season, the depth and excellence of Sotheby’s offerings have produced watershed, record-breaking sales. Today the auction house maintains 90 locations in 40 countries, conducts 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories, and is the oldest publicly traded company on the New York Stock Exchange.
Artfully uniting extraordinary properties with extraordinary lives
Founded on the same commitment to exceptional service that characterized Sotheby’s Auction House for more than two centuries, the Sotheby’s International Realty brand has become world renowned for the distinctive properties it represents.
Sotheby’s International Realty® network currently has more than 22,500+ sales associates located in approximately 990+ offices in more than 72+ countries and territories worldwide, and places over 7,500 referrals every year. Sophisticated international marketing, innovative online initiatives, and exclusive partnerships with global media ensure that properties are presented to an elite and qualified international audience.
Combining the world’s most highly regarded luxury real estate brand with local market knowledge and significant marketing expertise, Sotheby’s International Realty® offers a sales and marketing solution unrivalled within the industry. Clients are provided with an experienced team of real estate, marketing and financial professionals who are committed to providing superior service, expertise, and the highest ethical standard.