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The Daily Book of Art by David Schmidt, Rebecca J Razo, Elizabeth T. Gilbert, Amy Runyen, Sharon Robinson, Gabriel Guzman, Dylan Gilbert, Colin Gilbert

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Sotheby’s

FROM BOOKBUYING TO FRANCIS BACON

 

In 1744, English bookseller Samuel Baker held his first auction, making $1,600 from the sale of 457 books. From these humble beginnings, the auction house Sotheby’s has grown to become the world’s third oldest auction house in continuous operation. Baker’s nephew John Sotheby guided the burgeoning auction house in the 19th century into a world-class book seller. They soon branched out into art and antiques after the dissolution of the English aristocracy and landed elite during World War I. As a result of the breakup of Britain’s vast country estates, Sotheby’s ...

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