Established in 1744, Sotheby’s is the oldest premier auction house in the world. Sotheby's commenced operations in Australia in 1973 with the single-owner sale of Paintings & Drawings from the Studio of Sir William Dobell. Sotheby's Australia established offices and opened under licence in Australia in 1983, following the Sotheby'smodel of holding regular auctions in the areas of Fine Art, Fine Furniture & Decorative Arts, and Jewellery. In 1995 Sotheby's Australia became wholly owned by Sotheby's only to be restructured under a strict licence agreement in 2009. Sotheby's Australia works closely with Sotheby's in repatriating works around the world and assisting in their global operations.
Today Sotheby's Australia conducts auctions regularly in both Melbourne and Sydney. Specialist sales include; Australian & International Art, Aboriginal Art, Fine Asian, Australian & European Arts & Design and Jewels. In all of these areas Sotheby's Australia is the premium auction-house within Australia, combining traditional expertise with integrity and inventiveness.