Economic Definition of Sotheby's. Defined.
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Term Sotheby's Definition: An English auction house founded by Samuel Baker in 1774. Originally, Sotheby's activities as an auctioneer focused on books. Today the company, which is one of the leading auction houses internationally, has expanded its scope to cover all areas of fine art, antiques, jewelry and real estate. On each sale, Sotheby's collects commissions and fees from both the buyer and the seller. In addition to auction operations, Sotheby's is also involved in a number of related activities, including the purchase and resale of art and other collectibles and the brokering of art and collectible purchases and sales through private treaty sales.