Sotheby’s was founded in London in 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. Today Sotheby’s maintains 90 locations in 40 countries and conducts 250 auctions each year in over 70 categories.
By Rick Gekoski, Curator
By Gillian Slovo, President, English PEN
Working to defend and promote free expression, and to remove barriers of access to literature
250 auctions each year in over 70 categories from fine and decorative art to jewellery and collectibles