Sotheby: News

18 Jul 2024


Billionaire buys plant-eating dinosaur for a whopping $45 million

The skeleton of a large dinosaur, nicknamed 'Apex,' fetched a whopping $44.6 million at a Sotheby's auction in New York.

27 Jun 2024

Harry Potter

'Harry Potter' cover art sets new auction record

The original cover artwork for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone has been auctioned for a record-breaking $1.9 million (₹15,86,33,850).

06 May 2024

Harry Potter

First-ever 'Harry Potter' cover art heads to auction

The original cover art for J.K. Rowling's debut novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, is set to be auctioned next month.

03 Apr 2024


Doyle's original Sherlock Holmes manuscript to be auctioned for $1.2M

A rare manuscript, The Sign of Four, penned by the celebrated author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is set to be auctioned.

12 Jan 2024

New York City

The 'first' mail sent using a stamp to be auctioned

Sotheby's is gearing up to auction a historic piece of mail in New York next month, featuring the first known use of the Penny Black stamp.

04 Aug 2023


Freddie Mercury's piano to grab center stage at London auction

Freddie Mercury's iconic piano on which he composed the popular Bohemian Rhapsody track is among the items being auctioned this year in September.

26 Jul 2023


'Ultra-rare' Apple shoes from '90s to be auctioned for $50,000

A pair of "ultra rare" Apple shoes that were custom-made for the tech giant's employees in the 1990s is going under the hammer.

16 Jun 2021

Non-Fungible Tokens

Source code for World Wide Web being auctioned as NFT

After memes and songs, it's the turn of the World Wide Web to be auctioned off as a non-fungible token or NFT. That doesn't mean the internet—which, in all practical terms, is controlled by Google—is being sold off, but rather the 9,500 lines of code constituting its original source code.

01 May 2021


Kanye West's sneakers sold for record $1.8mn at private auction

Kanye West just added two million dollars to his bank account, thanks to his sneakers!

12 Apr 2020

Latest automobiles

Final 991-gen Porsche 911 to be auctioned for Coronavirus relief

The final Porsche 911 of the last generation (991) will be sold through an online auction with RM Sotheby's on April 15, the German automaker has announced.

20 Aug 2019


'World's first Porsche' couldn't be auctioned because of pronunciation error

The "world's first Porsche" was expected to find a buyer at an auction in California, but instead it met with boos, with some even walking out of the venue.

01 Dec 2018


Tyeb Mehta's painting 'Durga' fetches Rs. 20cr at Sotheby's auction

Indian painter, sculptor, film maker and Padma Bhushan recipient Tyeb Mehta's painting Durga Mahisasura Mardini was sold for $2.9 million (Rs. 20.49 crore) at Boundless India, Sotheby's inaugural auction in Mumbai yesterday evening.

15 Oct 2018

New York City

Most expensive bottles of wine sold at Sotheby's auction

Two bottles of wine, made back in 1945 right after the end of the Second World War, have been sold at an auction for a total of just over $1mn, making them the most expensive bottles of wine ever sold.

06 Oct 2018


Artwork sold for $1.4mn self-destructs at auction leaving audience stunned

On Friday night, a rare piece of art by renowned and mysterious street artist Banksy went up for sale at the Sotheby's auction in London.

07 May 2018


Picasso's portrait of mistress to be auctioned after 20 years

Spanish artist Pablo Picasso's 1932 portrait of his mistress and muse Marie Therese will go under the hammer at Sotheby's "Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale" in London on June 19.

19 May 2017


Basquiat painting fetches record $110.5mn

A painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat has broken several records by selling for a whopping $110.5mn.