older than the house anglo-saxon Christie’s was bought in 1998 by the businessman François Pinault, Sotheby’s was founded also in London, in 1744, by Samuel Bake. The first sale was held on 11 march this year in the offices of York Street. In 1767, Samuel Baker formed a partnership with George Leigh. The death of Baker, in 1778, the company was taken over by George Leigh, and by the nephew of Baker, John Sotheby’s. He will bequeath his name.

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Initially specialized in the sales of books and manuscripts, Sotheby’s organized the sale of the largest and most famous libraries of the time, including that of Napoleon Bonaparte. Since the 1920s, it was expanded to all disciplines. It was in the 1950s and 1960s that the company takes on a truly international under the leadership of Peter Wilson. He opened an office in New York in 1955 and then bought the larger …

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