Celebrating More Than Four Decades in the Middle East

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Sotheby’s Opens Dubai Office and Gallery

Celebrating More Than Four Decades in the Middle East

Highlights from Upcoming Auctions of Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art, Treasures of the Islamic World, Jewelry and Watches On Public Exhibition from 14-19 March 2017


DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, March 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) is delighted to announce the official opening of Sotheby’s Dubai in the heart of the Dubai International Financial Centre, UAE.  The new office and gallery space complements Sotheby’s existing network of offices across the region and will serve clients through an expanded program of year-round events, including selling and non-selling exhibitions, events and talks.  As part of the opening celebrations, highlights from Sotheby’s upcoming global auctions of Modern and Contemporary Arab and Iranian Art, Treasures of the Islamic World, Jewelry and Watches will be on exhibition from 14-19 March.

“The Middle East, and especially the United Arab Emirates, has grown and prospered at an extraordinary pace and Sotheby’s is proud to celebrate forty years of service to clients in the region by opening a new gallery and office space in Dubai,” said Tad Smith, Sotheby’s President and CEO.  He added, “We look forward to bringing our history and expertise and contributing to an even greater future on this fulcrum of the world’s jewelry, art, and luxury car markets.”

The launch of Sotheby’s Dubai follows significant growth in the number of Middle Eastern client participating in the Sotheby’s global sales, resulting in a 30% increase in the number of buyers from the region over the last five years.  While the growth is across categories – including Contemporary, Impressionist, Modern and Middle Eastern Art, as well as Old Master Paintings – Jewelry is an area of particular focus, driving a 46% increase in the total value spent by clients in the region from 2015 to 2016.

Additionally, all Sotheby’s sales are open to online bidding and nearly 20% of purchases across the business were made online in 2016. This gateway has gained significant traction with Middle Eastern clients resulting in a 47% increase in the total value of their purchases online.

About Sotheby’s
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 presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris, and Sotheby’s BidNow program allows visitors to view all auctions live online and place bids from anywhere in the world. 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 advisory services of its subsidiary, Art Agency, Partners.  Sotheby’s presents private sale opportunities in more than 70 categories, including S|2, the gallery arm of Sotheby’s Global Fine Art Division, and two retail businesses, Sotheby’s Diamonds and Sotheby’s Wine. Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and is the oldest company listed on the New York Stock Exchange (BID).

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