The Company operates in 35 countries, with principal salesrooms located in New York and London. The Company also regularly conducts auctions in 13 other salesrooms around the world, including Australia, Hong Kong, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Sotheby’s is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BID.
The essence of the story of Sotheby’s is that in its first 200 years it became the largest seller of books by auction in the world, and in the last half century it has become the world’s largest auctioneer of fine art.
The sales now handled by Sotheby’s are not just confined to paintings, books and works of art from the great civilisations of history, but also include such areas of specialist interest as postage stamps, musical instruments, scientific instruments and wine.