Did you know?
THE oldest auction house in the world is Stockholm Auction House (Stockholms Auktionsverk). It was established in Sweden in 1674.
Sotheby’s, now the world’s secondlargest auction house, held its first auction in 1744. Christie’s, now the world’s largest auction house, was established around 1766. Other early auction houses that are still in operation include Dorotheum (1707), Bonhams (1793), Phillips de Pury Company (1796), Freeman’s (1805) and Lyon and Turnbull (1826). — www.lagesseauctions.com/auctionfacts.