Since the founding of the venerable auction house in 1744 the Sotheby's name has come to represent luxury, style, quality and expertise. For over two and a half centuries, Sotheby’s has forged a revered tradition of marketing the world’s most cherished possessions, and it is from this tradition that an exceptional real estate brand was conceived. Sotheby’s conducts 250 auctions each year and maintains 90 locations in 40 countries. Out of this rich heritage an International Real Estate brand was founded in 1976. Today, the Sotheby's International Realty® brand offers the same commitment to exceptional service that has characterized Sotheby's for more than two centuries.