The Sotheby’s Auction House – Founded in 1744
Inviting. Discreet. Savvy. Refined.
Sotheby’s is a pioneering, global art business that offers the world’s most discerning clientele the opportunity to sell or acquire the rarest, most exceptional treasures at Auction, through Retail and by Private Sales. Sotheby’s has a global network of 90 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).
As the oldest company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID), Sotheby’s consists of a global network spanning nearly 50 countries and territories.
Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744, and 270 years later it has grown into one of the world’s leading full-service art businesses. In the spirit of innovation, an exceptional real estate company bearing the Sotheby’s name was launched in 1976. Today we are a commanding presence in the representation of the world’s most extraordinary properties.
Together, our companies are able to collaborate to provide unique and exclusive experience to a coveted and influential audience. In the global markets we serve, this distinguishes our brand in a meaningful way.
Sotheby’s International Realty – Local Expert, Global Reach
Artfully Uniting Extraordinary Homes with Extraordinary Lives
Founded in 1976 to provide independent brokerages with a powerful marketing and referral program for luxury listings, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to the most prestigious clientele in the world. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.
In February 2004, Realogy entered into a long-term strategic alliance with Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house. The agreement provided for the licensing of the Sotheby’s International Realty name and the development of a full franchise system. Affiliations in the system are granted only to brokerages and individuals meeting strict qualifications. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC supports its affiliates with a host of operational, marketing, recruiting, educational and business development resources. Franchise affiliates also benefit from an association with the venerable Sotheby’s auction house, established in 1744.