News Release and Will Combine To Create Single Online Auction Web Site For Authenticated Arts, Antiques and Collectibles; Bidding to be Extended to Nine Additional Countries

-- SOTHEBYS.COM, the combined site, will now include “Arcade” property --


Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and New Zealand

New York, New York, -- October 10, 2000 -- Sotheby’s and today announced that they will combine SOTHEBYS.COM and into one online auction Web site for the sale of authenticated and guaranteed arts and antiques. The unified site, which will bear the name SOTHEBYS.COM, and can be found at, will offer collectors the largest selection of authenticated and guaranteed fine and decorative arts, antiques, books, fine jewelry and collectibles anywhere in the world.

“It has become clearer than ever before that what matters in this business is scale,” said Craig Moffett, President of SOTHEBYS.COM. “By combining our two sites, we can now offer our customers a much deeper selection in a single venue; and our network of 5,000 Associates will now have a clearer and simpler way to conduct business online.”

“Whether customers are looking for sports memorabilia or Impressionist paintings, the unified site will offer customers a better customer experience by combining the largest selection of authenticated art, antiques and collectibles in a single site,” said Victoria Treyger, general manager of

Bidders will be able to access the combined site either directly at, or from where it will be featured on the Auctions homepage. The joining of the two sites, under which will receive annual cash payments, is expected to take place during the next 30 days. SOTHEBYS.COM will be’s exclusive online auction aggregator for authenticated fine arts, antiques and collectibles. In addition to site placement, will promote SOTHEBYS.COM to its customers through marketing campaigns.

The combined SOTHEBYS.COM site will continue to offer quality property that has been carefully examined, authenticated, catalogued and offered for sale by professionals. The site will include nearly 300 collecting categories, expanding to include those categories specific to, such as sports and entertainment memorabilia, stamps and coins, antique toys and other collectibles. In the process, SOTHEBYS.COM will introduce “Arcade” property - affordable objects with moderate estimates for the general collector. A wide and diverse array of “Arcade” lots will be offered in select categories such as fine arts, furniture, decorative arts and jewelry. The “Arcade” will facilitate browsing a site that will have a much wider range of property. The designation “Arcade” comes from Sotheby’s live auction business, where “Arcade” auctions have a devoted following.

William F. Ruprecht, CEO of Sotheby’s Holdings Inc., stated, “The combination of our two sites will be a terrific benefit for both our customers and dealer Associates. We’re excited that our SOTHEBYS.COM site will now share the benefit of access to’s tremendous pool of registered customers.”

“With its vast dealer network and more than two centuries of experience in sourcing and authenticating property, Sotheby’s is the kind of category leader we want to make available to our customers,” said’s David Risher, senior vice president of U.S. stores.

International Expansion
SOTHEBYS.COM also announced that coinciding with the joining of the two sites, it will enable bidding in Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and New Zealand – countries that boast some of the highest Internet usage rates in the world. “Sotheby’s has a significant live auction clientele in each of these locations, and we will continue to provide our customers and Associates with the same high level of security protection and customer service in these countries,” said Mr. Moffett.

Online Auction Results to Date
SOTHEBYS.COM and have established themselves as the two leading Web sites for the sale of authenticated and guaranteed fine art and antiques. To date, sales across the two sites have exceeded the annual sales of any high-end art and antiques Web site for authenticated and guaranteed property, indicating that Sotheby’s is the clear leader in the emerging online art and antiques market. In total, more than 60,000 works of art, antiques and collectibles have been sold online in just 10 months. and SOTHEBYS.COM have experienced tremendous success with selling rare and valuable items online. Examples from include Center Court from the Boston Garden Parquet Floor ($331,100), Lou Gehrig’s 1930s Yankees Cap ($56,650), and the Psychedelic VW Beetle from “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” ($54,411.50). On SOTHEBYS.COM, notable sales include a first printing of the Declaration of Independence ($8.14 million), Andy Warhol’s work on paper entitled Gold and Silver Shoe ($63,250) and a circa 1518 rare illustrated edition of “The Boke of Hawkynge and Huntynge and Fysshynge” ($88,000). Furthermore, Sotheby’s Associate network of the world’s leading art and antiques dealers has grown to more than 5,000 members from around the globe. “It is our intention to continue to expand this network of carefully selected partners,” said Mr. Moffett. “This will ensure that our customers will have access to the broadest and deepest selection of property on SOTHEBYS.COM.”

Fall Online Highlights
SOTHEBYS.COM has an exciting sales line-up this fall. From November 1 to November 15 SOTHEBYS.COM will conduct an online auction of Andy Warhol’s Nine Multicolored Marilyns. In this painting, which is estimated to bring between $450,000 and $600,000, the genius of Andy Warhol captures nine different moods of Marilyn Monroe, one of the greatest icons of the 20th Century. Also this fall, in a special online auction, The Moderns: From Maillol to Miro, November 1 – 15, 2000, SOTHEBYS.COM will offer a stunning life-size bronze sculpture by Aristide Maillol from the important New York Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Edward M. Pflueger entitled Venus sans bras. This wonderful sculpture has an estimate of $500/$700,000, the most valuable work of art to be sold online to date.

Other forthcoming online sales include The Dee and Evan Pancake Collection of Paperweights (November 8–29), a Major Private Collection of Crown and Handbuilt HO Trains (November 9–20), 18th Century American Furniture and Decorative Arts (November 15–December 6), The American Landscape (November 15–December 6) and The Griffith Toy Collection of Robots and Space Toys (December 1–24), to name a few.

About Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc.
Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. is the parent company of Sotheby’s worldwide live and Internet auction businesses, art-related financing and real estate activities. The Company operates in 38 countries, with principal salesrooms located in New York and London. The Company also regularly conducts auctions in 15 other salesrooms around the world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Switzerland and Taiwan. Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the London Stock Exchange.

This release contains certain “forward-looking statements” (as such term is defined in the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) relating to future events and the financial performance of Sotheby’s Holdings, Inc. Such statements are only predictions and involve risks and uncertainties, resulting in the possibility that the actual events or performance will differ materially from such predictions. Major factors which the Company believes could cause the actual results to differ materially from the predicted results in the “forward-looking statements” include the overall strength of the international economy and financial markets, competition with other auctioneers and art dealers, the volume of consigned property and the marketability at auction of such property, the Company’s success in developing and implementing its Internet auction strategy, and the resolution of the Department of Justice investigation and other related investigations and civil lawsuits.

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