Since 1744, Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art, and over those 270 years has grown into an innovative global art business. Sotheby’s has long been a leader in the auction market, but today offers so much more, including private sales, selling exhibitions, retail wine and diamonds, financing and art advisory services, and robust digital engagement that collectors can find any time, anywhere and on any device.
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1744 SOTHEBY'S AUCTION HOUSE
In the heart of London on New Bond Street in 1744, an exceptional auction house was born. That house built a revered tradition of uniting collectors with world-class works of art and marketing the world's most cherished possessions—a tradition that, now over two centuries old, provides authentic knowledge comparable to none.
1976 SOTHEBY'S INTERNATIONAL REALTY
Founded on the same commitment to exceptional service that characterized the Sotheby's Auction House for more than two centuries, the Sotheby's International Realty® brand is created and becomes known around the world for the distinctive properties it represents.
2004 GLOBAL EXPANSION
Sotheby's enters into a long-term strategic alliance with Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services. The agreement provides for the licensing of the Sotheby's International Realty name. The brand begins offering membership in its franchise system to select real estate brokerage companies.