Founded in 1744 by Samuel Baker, Sotheby's is the oldest and largest auction house in the world to engage in art auctions, private sales and art-related financing activities. Sotheby’s operates in 40 countries, with principal salesrooms located in New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.
Major collecting categories include Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary and Russian Art, Old Master Paintings, Jewellery, Furniture and Books. The Company also regularly conducts auctions in six other salesrooms around the world. Sotheby’s is a publicly traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BID.