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  1. July 14, 2014

    Sotheby’s joins forces with eBay

    Sotheby’s has partnered with eBay in a bid to add another distribution channel for its live auctions, saying it wants to...

  2. June 17, 2014

    Stamp sells for world record $9.5m

    A 19th century postage stamp sold for a record $9.5m – almost one billion times its original face value – at an auction at...

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    The US re-emerges as strong market for the hard luxury industry...
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    Geneva Seal: overhauling a quality standard that has gone unchanged since 1957 Moveme...
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  1. June 6, 2014

    Geneva watch auctions: record-breaking Rolex steals the show

    Sales at Geneva’s high-end watch auctions last month reflected a pre-owned market that continues to thrive. Over the past...

  2. May 11, 2014

    Poison pills: legitimate victory

    Winning an election on the merits of an argument is tougher than buying it. So Dan Loeb must be gratified by his victory at...

  3. May 9, 2014

    Composer manuscripts come on the market

    The notes written across the barlines are remarkably neat and controlled – the opposite of the swirling emotions they...

  4. May 7, 2014

    Modern art auctions are as baffling as the paintings

    On Tuesday in New York, modern art collectors will get the chance to spend tens of millions dollars on paintings such as...

  5. May 7, 2014

    Sotheby’s narrows quarterly losses as Loeb steps on board

    Record London sales coupled with rising numbers of emerging market art collectors propelled Sotheby’s to a better than...

  6. May 5, 2014

    Sotheby’s: Picture Imperfect

    Free choice beats a forced option. But sometimes Plan C is needed. Sotheby’s shareholders have come to appreciate this in...

  7. May 5, 2014

    Loeb secures three Sotheby’s board seats

    Sotheby’s, the 270-year-old auction house, is to give board seats to Dan Loeb and two of his nominees, after succumbing to...

  8. April 29, 2014

    Emails reveal Sotheby’s board concerns

    Members of Sotheby’s board privately worried about executive pay and perks and about the performance of chief executive...

  9. April 25, 2014

    Poison pills are a toxic temptation for hidebound chiefs

    Activist hedge funds are on the march. Flush with a record $74.2bn in their coffers, tough-talking fund managers are taking...

  10. April 24, 2014

    Sotheby’s battle framed by artistic taste

    A bitter battle for seats on Sotheby’s board might come down to who has the most impressive art collection. Hedge fund...

  11. April 8, 2014

    Sotheby’s hits back in battle with Loeb

    Sotheby’s has attacked Daniel Loeb’s record as a director of public companies, as it stepped up its defence against the...

  12. March 25, 2014

    Loeb files lawsuit over Sotheby’s poison pill

    The bitter battle between Sotheby’s and its largest shareholder Dan Loeb has shifted from the boardroom to the courtroom,...

  13. March 16, 2014

    Stanley Gibbons aims to lick rivals with virtual market place in stamps

    A company doesn’t have to be large to have a big name or grand ambitions. Stanley Gibbons, with its distinctive shopfront...

  14. February 27, 2014

    Loeb pushes for board seats at Sotheby’s

    Dan Loeb, the activist investor, will try to force his way on to the board of Sotheby’s at the company’s next annual...

  15. January 29, 2014

    Sotheby’s offers special dividend in attempt to placate activists

    Sotheby’s will pay shareholders a special dividend totalling $300m in March as part of a series of moves designed to placate...

  16. December 16, 2013

    Sotheby’s appoints luxury veteran Domenico De Sole to board

    Sotheby’s has appointed a leading luxury industry executive to head its board of independent directors against a backdrop of...

  17. December 16, 2013

    Christie’s takes maiden Indian art auction to Mumbai

    Christie’s takes maiden art auction to Mumbai Kiran Nadar, the wife of IT billionaire Shiv Nadar, started buying Indian art...

  18. November 22, 2013

    Sotheby’s loses its star auctioneer

    Sotheby’s, the auction house under pressure from activist investor Dan Loeb, is losing its star auctioneer, nine days after...

  19. November 12, 2013

    Sotheby’s sales boost as investors agitate

    Sotheby’s narrowed its losses in the latest quarter after a surge in private sales commissions and rising auction revenues,...

  20. November 8, 2013

    Autumn watch auctions: A fortune on the block

    Between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening, nearly 1,500 collectable watches are expected to change hands for a combined...

  21. November 7, 2013

    Sotheby’s trumps Christie’s in New York autumn auction season

    Sotheby’s, the auction house under fire from activist investor Dan Loeb, on Thursday relished a welcome boost after its sale...

  22. FT Photo Diary

    November 1, 2013

    Sotheby's billion dollar sales

    Pascal Perich/FT Sotheby’s staff move Picasso’s painting ‘Tête de femme’ with Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Car Crash (Double...

  23. October 11, 2013

    Sotheby’s Hong Kong art sales: A record-smashing time

    There is nothing quite like a Chinese art auction – except, perhaps, a casino. This week, Sotheby’s marked its 40th...

  24. October 11, 2013

    October art auctions in London

    Modern British & Irish Art October 16 Christie’s, South Kensington At the tender age of 19 Michael Ayrton was commissioned...

  25. October 4, 2013

    Sotheby’s adopts ‘poison pill’ after attack by Daniel Loeb

    Sotheby’s on Friday unveiled a “poison pill” aimed at defending itself against hostile takeover, just 48 hours after a...

  26. October 4, 2013

    Third Point’s Daniel Loeb rides crest of hedge fund wave

    For surfers at Malibu Beach, there is first point, where the waves are perfectly formed, and there is second point, where...

  27. October 3, 2013

    Sotheby’s: hammer time

    Even before Dan Loeb’s harsh letter landed in his inbox, Sotheby’s chief executive William Ruprecht must have known that...

  28. October 3, 2013

    ... Yours truly, Dan Loeb

    Once described as the Hunter S Thompson of activist letter writing, Dan Loeb has gained a much-feared reputation for the...

  29. October 2, 2013

    Third Point urges Sotheby’s chief William Ruprecht to quit

    Activist investor Dan Loeb launched a blistering attack on Sotheby’s chief executive William Ruprecht on Wednesday, accusing...

  30. FT Alphaville

    October 2, 2013

    Putting a value on activism, Sotheby's edition

    Dan Loeb has inked his pen with poison again. (Click through to read). Notwithstanding Sotheby’s recent efforts – a belated...

  31. September 20, 2013

    Boardroom legacies

    The financial crisis has scored another victim, albeit one that has attracted less media attention than the collapse of...

  32. September 6, 2013

    Coloured gemstones: Demand for something different drives up prices

    Daniela Mascetti, Sotheby's senior international jewellery specialist, was recently chatting to a client she has worked with...

  33. August 27, 2013

    Sotheby’s: bid/ask spread

    It is no surprise to find hedge fund tycoons loitering at Sotheby’s – however this time they are not chasing a Barnett...

  34. August 26, 2013

    Loeb fund raises Sotheby’s stake

    Activist investor Daniel Loeb has raised his stake in Sotheby’s, sending shares in the auction house as much as 6 per cent...

  35. June 16, 2013

    Chinese contenders pose challenges as they gain status

    The biggest rivals to Sotheby’s and Christie’s in 2011 were Chinese auction houses, according to data from the Conseil des...

  36. June 16, 2013

    Christie’s and Sotheby’s deepen rivalry ahead of art sales

    In the lead-up to key London art sales this week, Christie’s and Sotheby’s have deepened their rivalry and sharpened their...

  37. June 8, 2013

    Pearls: Heritage and rarity endow star status

    David Warren, international director of jewellery at Christie’s, has been urging his clients to buy natural pearls for...

  38. June 8, 2013

    Auction round-up: Bargain from car boot sale turns up with James Bond credentials

    Anyone wanting to buy a watch at auction could hardly have chosen a better time than May, a month in which seven high-class...

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