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Sotheby's Announces Proposed Offering Of $300 Million Of Senior Notes Due 2022

NEW YORK, Sept. 18, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Sotheby's (NYSE:BID) is proposing to offer and sell, subject to market and other conditions, up to $300 million in aggregate principal amount of its senior notes due 2022. The notes will be offered only to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A and to non-U.S. Persons under Regulation S under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act").

The net proceeds of the proposed offering would be used to redeem any and all of our outstanding 7.75% Senior Notes due 2015 at the make-whole price specified in the indenture governing those notes and for general corporate purposes, including the potential repayment of other existing indebtedness.

The notes to be offered will not be registered under the Securities Act or any state securities laws. As a result, they may not be offered or sold in the United States or to any U.S. persons except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act.

This news release does not constitute an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy, any securities, nor shall there be any sale of the notes in any state in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state. Any offering of securities will be made only by means of the confidential offering memorandum. This press release is being issued pursuant to and in accordance with Rule 135c under the Securities Act.

About Sotheby's

Sotheby's is a global company that engages in art auction, private sales and art-related financing activities.   The Company operates in 40 countries, with principal salesrooms located in New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris. The Company also regularly conducts auctions in seven other salesrooms around the world. Sotheby's is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol BID.

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