South Florida Real Estate Blog

Sotheby’s Auction House Event – Latin America: Modern Art


November 19-20, Sotheby’s Auction House in New York is offering Latin American Art presented in two sales — Latin America: Modern Art and Latin America: Contemporary Art. The Latin American Art Department at Sotheby’s has grown from a predominantly Mexican art section offered within our Modern Art sales, to world renowned biannual auctions that include over 200 years of artistic tradition in the region.

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Figurative works in the style of traditional landscape painting, portraiture, Cubism, Mexican Muralism, Surrealist, Social Realism, and Hyper-Realism showcase the best of the 19th-20th century. Highlights include leading artists such as Fernando Botero, Rufino Tamayo, Leonora Carrington, Joaquín Torres-Garcia, Jesús Rafael Soto and Adriana Varejao.

As a firm with deep connections in Latin American spheres on personal and professional levels, we look forward to being present at these important sales. We are also a proud sponsor of the internationally significant event. Our booths will be presented alongside important works, allowing auction attendees to browse our agent’s luxury listings and firm developments. We will also be networking closely with our New York colleagues, continuing to enhance our strong referral network. Follow our corporate accounts as we report live from the auction house with #SothebysArt.

ONE Life Spotlight: Top Sellers


A booming global market is resulting in recent unprecedented sales in the auction world. In Geneva, Sotheby’s nearly $161 million in sales at Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels shattered the category’s record worldwide. Almost every one of the 484 lots was snapped up, including the top draw: a 25.59-carat Burmese stone known as the Sunrise Ruby. Its final price—$30.3 million—broke records both for a ruby at auction and for any stone by maker Cartier.


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On the art front, Sigmar Polke’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York last year greatly increased his cachet. At a Contemporary Art Evening Auction, his Dschungel (Jungle) set a record for the German artist, fetching $27.13 million. The same night, Christopher Wool’s Riot brought in nearly $30 million—well over the estimated $18 million—breaking the record for any living American artist. Top seller of the night: Mark Rothko’s Untitled (Yellow and Blue), previously owned by Bunny Mellon, sold for $46.5 million.  



November 19–20: Latin America: Modern Art and Latin America: Contemporary Art, New York

December 11: La Bibliothèque de Pierre Bergé, Paris

December 15–16: 20th Century Design, New York

January 20–21: Property from the collection of Irvin and Anita Schorsch: Hidden Glen Farms, New York

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ONE Sotheby’s Attends the 9th Annual Sotheby’s International Leadership Forum


This past week Sotheby’s International Realty associates spent Thursday to Sunday at the Terra Nea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA near Los Angeles. The forum’s theme was “exploring elements of an extraordinary brand.” Sotheby’s International Realty now has 800 offices in 61 countries and territories, and associates from many of these traveled from all over the world to attend the event.

The leadership conference aimed to bring together the collective expertise of owners and key leaders within the Sotheby’s International Realty network, and enhance dialogue and meaningful connections among its associates.


Sotheby’s is a powerful network built on strong brand heritage. At the conference, Michael Valdez highlighted how we are one brand to the consumer and there is no difference in their mind between the auction house and the real estate branch. The advantage of this is that we are associated with luxury products, and have access to affluent individuals who are the top collectors in the world.


On Thursday, forum attendees participated in a welcome reception and dinner, and then enjoyed cocktails while getting acquainted with other associates and reconnecting with colleagues from around the world. On Friday and Saturday general sessions were held where some of Sotheby’s International realty top executives spoke, including CMO Wendy Purvey.

BJ from our Fort Lauderdale office attended and said “the event was really inspiring to keep taking our business all over the world.”


Sotheby's Latin America Art Modern & Contemporary Auction in New York


Sotheby’s presents the Latin American Art Modern & Contemporary in New York  on May 26th and 27th.  The auction will offer a wide selection of artworks from Latin America including Rufino Tamayo’s 1987 La Familia and Diego Rivera’s 1921 El balcón. In addition, the auction will feature Les oiseaux voilés of 1945 and Le Sorcier de l’océan of 1947, two pivotal works by Wilfredo Lam. 706N09355_853KN.jpg.webrend.1280.1280

Click here for more information on the upcoming auction.


Announcing: New ONE Sotheby’s International Realty Partnership with Premier Life Coach Kelley Kosow



ONE Sotheby’s International Realty will be hosting our Annual Associate Meeting (#AAM2015) this Thursday. The state of the union style gathering will serve to celebrate our best year of sales yet and will kick start a new year of growth for our strong agent community. In an effort to further the development of well rounded estate agents with deep understanding of their own abilities, client needs, and the real estate environment – CEO Mayi de la Vega has called on wellness expert Kelley Kosow. We’re excited to announce that Kelley will be speaking at #AAM2015, sharing her gift of coaching people to achieve fulfilling relationships with others as with themselves. The unique partnership firmly establishes ONE Sotheby’s International Realty as an established leader in South Florida luxury real estate who continually evolves to empower brokers with deep and varied resources.

As we announce this groundbreaking partnership, we’re excited to share a little background on Kelley Kosow. Kelley is Lawyer turned Certified Master Integrative Life Coach who was hand-picked and personally trained by Debbie Ford to lead The Ford Institute. Today, she continues the legacy of this life changing work by creating new content and running the day-to-day activities at the Ford Institute. She is the only person who was authorized by Debbie Ford to lead her Shadow Process Workshop in English and has led several since Debbie’s passing in 2013. Kelley’s motivational voice empowers people on and offline. Her semi-monthly newsletter has a circulation of over 50,000 followers and her social media presence boasts over 200,000 fans on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. We encourage you to follow her on social media and take time to review her teachings which she shares regularly on her blog.

@ONESIR social media accounts and blogs will share more from Kelley’s  inspirational presentation at the #AAM2015 this week. Follow our event hashtag for live coverage and reach out about our exceptional agent resources.

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Leveraging the Sotheby’s Network: Introducing Art & Home magazine


In the latest addition to Sotheby’s extensive marketing channels, comes the release of the first edition of Art & Home magazine. Featuring informative art and real estate articles, the literary collaboration solidifies the close ties between powerhouse brands Sotheby’s International Realty and the Sotheby’s Auction House.  Alongside the latest auction updates, home design and art world trends, the content includes showcases of some of the most coveted homes in the world including ONE Sotheby International Realty listings.

The distribution list is as strong as the content. Magazines are delivered to elite Auction House clients who have spent between $50,000 and $5 million. This distribution plan promises exposure with a very qualified potential buyer group. The magazine reflects Sotheby’s ongoing commitment to extend the reach of our global network and connect elite buyers with exceptional homes.  Our expansive network allows us to better serve clients in the South Florida real estate market, connecting them with potential investors all over the world.

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Reach out for marketing opportunities offered by ONE Sotheby’s International Realty and explore the digital edition of Art & Home here.


Upcoming Sotheby’s Auctions to Present Priceless Treasures


Auctioneers since 1744, Sotheby’s is an innovative global art business that offers clients the most extraordinary opportunities through private sales galleries and worldwide selling exhibitions. From wine and diamonds to art and furniture, Sotheby’s auctions are sure to please affluent buyers of all interests.

Below is a short list of hot ticket items being presented at auctions in January and February. For more information on upcoming Sotheby’s auctions and auction items, visit their website:


Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1982. This piece will be presented at the Contemporary Art Day Auction taking place this February in London, and is estimated at 200,000- 300,000 GBP ($300,000- $450,000).

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This uniquely beautiful 18 karat gold, diamond, emerald and enamel bangle bracelet is estimated at $35,000-$45,000. It will be presented at the Important Jewels Auction happening this February in New York.

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This bottle of 50-year-old Dalmore NV single malt whisky will be auctioned off at the Finest and Rarest Wines, Spirits & Vintage Port Auction. It is estimated at 6,000-7,000 GBP ($9,000-$10,000). The auction is set to take place this month in London.

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New to Feature ONE Sotheby’s Listing Videos


Here at ONE Sotheby’s, we are ready and excited to be a part of all the new changes coming to the Sotheby’s corporate website. is being revamped in order to feature more interactive multimedia for listings. These changes will not only focus on the home itself, but will showcase the lifestyle that comes with it. New features include in-depth property descriptions, high-resolution pictures, quotes from sellers, designers, and architects, and most notably, videos.

These videos will present potential buyers will beautiful shots of both the interior and exterior of the home, as well as footage of the surrounding area and community. Videos are part of a plan to provide buyers with more personalized, comprehensive information and will enable them to truly engage with our listings. By putting this information at the buyer’s fingertips, we elevate their home buying experience and allow them to interact with the properties firsthand. This is just one example of how Sotheby’s continuously puts innovative ideas and techniques into action.

Below is an example of our property listing videos that will be on the new and improved


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ONE Sotheby’s Heads to the Hong Kong Art Auctions


As part of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty’s international outreach and marketing, several top agents from the firm’s South Florida offices will visit Hong Kong this October to attend the Sotheby’s Art Auctions. During the trip they will showcase Miami and Fort Lauderdale’s luxury real estate opportunities to affluent Chinese buyers and collectors as well as exclusive developments such as ONE Thousand Museum, The Ritz-Carlton Residences and Kai Bay Harbour.


David Lane, a ONE Sotheby’s agent that is heading to Hong Kong, says, “Miami is competing against every other major city in the world to attract Chinese buyers and investors. New projects backed by Asian developers such as Brickell City Center and Genting Resorts World are giving them the confidence to choose our city over places like New York, London and even Australia.” As Miami continues to grow and invigorate areas such as the Design District, Museum Park, Wynwood and Sunny Isles, it will continue to attract international investors that are looking to be part of the action.

During their stay in Hong Kong our agents will be visiting Sotheby’s Hong Kong to attend various art auctions and events. The auctions that will be taking place include Contemporary Asian Art, 20th Century Chinese Art, Fine Chinese Paintings and Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite. One of the most anticipated auctions taking place is “NIGO Only Lives Twice”, a lot of 250 items from creative entrepreneur NIGO’s personal collection, that will include luxury goods, design furniture, watches, jewelry and much more.


Make sure to stay tuned to our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages for live updates from Hong Kong!


ONE Sotheby’s Returns from Russian Art Auction in London



We’re back from a very special trip in London where we sponsored an exhibit of Russian Art for the Sotheby’s Auction House.  The four-day auction event spotlighted some stunning avant-garde pieces from famed artists like Larianov, Stepanova, Nissky and more. The top selling pieces included “Head of Peasant” by Kazmir Severinovich Malevich and “Children With Parasols” by Aristarkh Vasilievich Lentulov, which both sold for $3.52 million USD.


While there we also had the opportunity to showcase some of One Sotheby’s most elite properties like One Thousand Museum, The Ritz-Carlton Miami Beach, and private listings that are at the top of the market. The auction fetched over $18 million in the sale of precious artwork and brought Sotheby’s professionals and global influencers together for another chic event.

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