The name “Sotheby’s” has been associated with the world of art ever since its inception in 1744 in London, specializing in fine art auctions (which today can be done online through their Bidnow feature). Amongst the historically significant artwork they have been entrusted to handle were, among others, Rembrandt’s Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer and Picasso’s Garcon a la Pipe. They are currently operating in 40 countries, with major auction houses located in New York, London, Hong Kong, and Paris. They also have representative offices in Shanghai and Beijing, and has been holding regular exhibitions in China. Their scope is global and their on-sale auction now ranges to modern and contemporary Southeast
Asian paintings, 20th century Chinese art, to jewels and jadeite, as well as antique watches and even fine wine.