Sotheby’s Shifts Select March & April Sales To Online Auctions

Sotheby’s has recently announced a selection of upcoming spring sales that will now be conducted as online auctions.

Representing a mix of collecting categories, these sales – spanning Design, Photographs, Prints & Multiples and Contemporary Art – demonstrate the strength of Sotheby’s online auction program across their business.

These changes reflect Sotheby’s commitment to providing their staff and clients with a safe environment, the requirements and goals of their consignors and buyers, and their responsibility to the international art market.

Since launching in 2016, online sales have been a growing segment of Sotheby’s sales program. They have successfully held 129 dedicated online sales in 2019, spanning all manner of fine art and luxury objects.

Those sales together have raised $80 million – growing 55% over 2018, and 5 times their size in 2017 – and with multiple works selling for above $1 million. Their dedicated online sales in 2020 have been especially robust, having raised $20 million to-date and climbing daily.

Charles Stewart, Sotheby’s CEO, said: “We have held more than a dozen auctions since the beginning of March, which have achieved very strong results and demonstrated the resilience of the global art market. Likewise, our leading private sales platform has seen a significant uptick in activity. It is clear that our clients remain focused on our markets, and our aim is to continue to support them in both buying and selling. Sotheby’s has invested heavily in technology to ensure that we have the very best digital tools in the marketplace – including our proprietary online sale platform – which we are using to benefit and support our clients.”


Bidding closes 31 March

Bidding closes 3 April

Bids open 14 April – 21 April

Bids open 17 April – 28 April

Sotheby’s plans to make final decisions about each of their spring auction events at least 30 days prior to the existing sale date. For all the latest confirmations and updates to their spring sales schedule, click here.

In further support of these online sales, Sotheby’s is set to share the debut of their new, immersive digital catalogue that will be available beginning April 15 for Contemporary Curated and Prints & Multiples. The ‘digital-first’ design of their enhanced catalogues emphasizes visual storytelling through video, interactive media, and other rich content formats in a way that moves beyond print media. By presenting the objects featured in their sales in a wholly modern way, the digital catalogue encourages deeper engagement with each sale across all collecting categories.

For more on how to bid online at Sotheby’s, click here for an informative video and registration details.


Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris. Sotheby’s offers collectors the resources of Sotheby’s Financial Services, the world’s only full-service art financing company, as well as the collection, artist, estate & foundation advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners. Sotheby’s also presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby's Global Fine Art Division, and three retail businesses: Sotheby’s Wine, Sotheby’s Diamonds, and Sotheby’s Home, the online marketplace for interior design.