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Guide to finding auction sale catalogues, both on paper and online.

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We keep Sotheby's and Chrstie's catalogues from the last 10 years, from London, New York, Hong Kong, Paris and other locations.

To check if we have the sale catalogue you want, it is generally easier to use the library catalogue rather than Summon.

There are gaps in the collection, so please check what we have before making a special trip to the library.  Tabs three and four of this guide tell you how to find information online, and how to access catalogues in other libraries, if SIA does not have what you need.

In general, catalogues cannot be borrowed from the library. However, a few catalogues are kept in the book collection and can be borrowed. With the permission of the librarians, other catalogues may be taken out of the library, but not out of the building, for specific projects or sessions.