Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the world’s largest, most trusted, and dynamic marketplace for art and luxury. They empower the international community of collectors and connoisseurs to discover, acquire, finance and consign fine art and rare objects. The reputation that Sotheby’s has for trust and authenticity is backed by its unparalleled global network of specialists spanning 40 countries. Sotheby’s hosts over 600 auctions annually and offers a cross-category selection of items available for immediate purchase via both physical shopping experiences and its online marketplace.
Sotheby’s handles sales in more than 50 different categories of antiques and art. Some examples of these categories include handbags and accessories, Islamic art, stamps, English furniture, jewelry and watches, coins and medals, ancient sculpture, books and manuscripts, French and continental furniture, and vintage toys, to name but a few. Buyers rely on the expertise of Sotheby’s staff when searching for the finest property available. The most common way to shop the inventory of Sotheby’s is via auction and there is always a new online auction just around the corner. Immediate purchase is also possible with selected items via their high-end online marketplace.
Browsing the inventory of Sotheby’s online auctions and marketplace is not for those seeking a little impulse purchase. This is the home of the highest quality, rarest works of art and historically significant antiques. It is a collector’s paradise, though one needs deep pockets indeed to win an item from a Sotheby’s auction. Anyone is able to list an item with this platform, though any item will naturally be subject to rigorous research and scrutiny to determine its history and, of course, its authenticity.
Sellers wanting to use the Sotheby’s platform have four options for their goods; auctions, private sales, ‘buy it now’, or selling in their physical stores. Consignors consistently turn to Sotheby’s to realize the highest prices for their exceptional objects. Expert staff are always available to guide a seller through the basic steps to list a special object and help ensure a successful sale.