Trust Sotheby’s Network for all Your Assets

  • story by Frank Aazami (with David M. Brown)
  • posted on 01/2023
  • posted in: Highline Living

Aazami on Luxury Real Estate

Last month, I discussed my recent trip to New York City where I was honored to join 99 Sotheby’s International Realty top revenue (TOP 100) producers for 2022 in our company’s United States network.

My trip reaffirmed how our professionals represent the best practice and properties, providing sellers better market trends, accurate stats and finest exposure for their homes. They consistently demonstrate efficiency and success in reaching qualified buyers both locally and internationally. We collaborated and discussed enhanced tactics to cross-promote, refer, inspire, unite, and motivate our book of business. I am pleased to be among them.


Founded in 1976, the Sotheby’s International Realty network was designed to connect the finest independent real estate companies to prestigious clientele worldwide. Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp., which created an alliance with New York City-based Sotheby’s, the operator of the auction house, in February 2004.

We are a global company, too, meticulously representing clients in 75-plus countries. All of us are locally based and globally focused. In fact, this month, I am joining Who’s Who in Luxury Real Estate in Barcelona Spain, where I will be a guest panelist with associates from Europe and Asia and visit luxury and hyperluxury estates. We’ll review best practices to utilize RM and Concierge Auctions platforms in handling automotive collections inside these homes.

Of course for more than 275 years our ART, JEWLERY, fine WINE collectors have sold their goods through us. Clients, for example, may be looking to sell their oenological trove. Whether it’s Chateau Lafite, Petrus, German trockenbeerenauslese, Romanée-Conti, they can count on our Top 100 associates who can manage their needs.


Our clientele may have 20th-century masters, Modigliani, Miro, Chagall, or 18th-century Dutch seascapes by Cuyp, van Goyen or van de Velde. Our Top 100 associates have the direct contact to our certified experts who can evaluate and assess these treasures. This is true, too, for coin and stamp collections, for guns, watches, an LP record music library including Caruso and Stokowski 78s, Tiffany and Lalique brands or Romanov eggs from Fabergé, rare books, signatures (including John Hancock’s!) and other collectibles.

We connect qualified buyers with noteworthy sellers for your entire portfolio of assets or just a part. All of the fine things that people collect for lifestyle enhancement are in our purview. Consider us TOP 100 Advisors as your one-stop-shop global portfolio managers.

A Stellar Year for Sotheby’s


This was another great year for our Canadian Sotheby’s regional sales for collectibles, a record $925 million. “We are the world’s largest collector car auction house by total sales, with more than 40 years of proven results in the industry,” says Gord Duff, RM’s global head of auctions in Ontario, Canada.

He adds: “Our services are vertically integrated, from live and online auctions and private sales to estate planning and financial services, and our international team of car specialists provide an unsurpassed level of service to the global collector car market.”

In August 2018, for example, well-known Ferrari collector Greg Whitten of Seattle, Washington, sold his 1962 250 GTO, chassis 3413, through RM for a record $48.4 million — still the highest price ever achieved for a Prancing Horse at auction.


And this past year, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupé brought €135,000,000 to become the most valuable car ever sold and, from the same year, a Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti garnered more than $22 million to become the most valuable car sold during Monterey Car Week. In addition, a 2003 Ferrari F2003-GA brought 14,630,000 Swiss francs at Sotheby’s Luxury Week | Geneva, becoming the most valuable Formula One Car ever sold.

Also, the magnificently crafted 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6C “Tulipwood” Torpedo by Nieuport-Astra led the Masterworks of Design Collection, selling for $9.25 million. And, at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in August, a car restored by RM Auto Restoration won its seventh Best of Show with a 1932 Duesenberg Model J Figoni Sports Torpedo.

Homes, Very Sweet Homes


The Top 100 have superlative home listings worldwide. Each of us is globally connected and can service your find in those key markets; certified local experts are just about everywhere.

Here are some current global listings:

In Europe, on just under an acre in Ruvigliana, Ticino, Switzerland, Villa Versailles (Property VLLBE3, MLS# 3889237) is a six-bedroom, 11-bathroom estate with 16,328 square feet. Located in Lugano, the single-family home is brokered by our associates at Fontana Sotheby’s International Realty. It features cooling, geothermal heating and radiant floor heating. Please request the price.


In Helsinki, Finland, is the Marble Palace (”Marmoripalatsi”), designed in 1916 and completed in 1918 by the great Finnish architect, Eliel Saarinen. In the city’s Kaivopuisto park, the property has four spacious new homes. SARC Architects has updated the campus into the 21st century, leveraging advanced building automation technology to optimize heating, ventilation and cooling. Underground heat pipes clear exterior walkways of snow and ice. Snellman Sotheby’s International Realty in Helsinki is offering this historic property from its office; please request price.

On 2.71 acres overlooking the Mediterranean Sea in Caesarea, Israel, this 75,347-square-foot Royal Style Mansion combines Baroque and Rococo architecture. The five-bedroom, 15-bathroom palace includes luxuries such as a private spa with a fitness room, saunas, an indoor pool and an expansive outdoor pool, landscape gardens, marble and onyx mosaics, 14-karat- gold moldings and silk carpets. The Tel Aviv Sotheby’s is offering this monumental home at $129,000,000.

Sotheby’s does islands, too. On Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands, Castillo Caribe, offers lifestyle, luxury, location and limited tax liability as a British Overseas Territory. The eight-bedroom, eight-bathroom beachfront estate home comprises 48,000 square feet on almost an acre and a half, a pool, spa, tennis court, billiards room, helipad, fitness center, theater, staff quarters and a wine cellar/grotto. Offered by our associates at Cayman Islands Sotheby’s International Realty, the island getaway is priced at $49.95 million.


In the United States, the 31,608-square-foot Villa Firenze in gated and guarded Beverly Park occupies 9.85 acres, including lots 67 and 68. The 12-bedroom, 18-bathroom Beverly Hills estate (Property ID, B9DD95, MLS# 22154733) has a five-plus car garage and a two-story rotunda library/office with a secret passage to master suite. Sotheby’s International Realty-Beverly Hills Brokerage is representing this home at $79.5 million.

On the East coast, The Cliffs in McLean, Virginia, is set on granite cliffs above the Potomac River, 20 minutes from downtown Washington. The French Provincial-style estate includes a world-class Lobkovitch kitchen and breakfast room with 180-degree views of the gardens, five bedrooms, a salon, outdoor pool and the river. A collector’s garage accommodates 18–22 cars. Our associate in Chicago, Mark Lowham, TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, is brokering the home; inquire about price.

Here in Arizona, this 8,258-square-foot hillside contemporary (MLS #6481457) is on a ten-acre lot along Lone Mountain on Tillinghast Drive. The furnished Scottsdale home is finished with book-matched woods, quartzite and marble, multiple fireplaces and is a Smart house. I am brokering the home through Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty; it is offered at $8.9 million.


Also in Scottsdale, in Pinnacle Peak Heights, this 8,310-square-foot home has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms, designed by Stratton Andrews Architecture and to be built by Parolo Builders. With views of the McDowell Mountains, the home includes an office, flex room, wine closet, elevator, seven-car garage and a covered upstairs patio/bar to enjoy Arizona sunsets. A bonus subterranean level can be built out for a car lover to add garage space. I am representing this property, offered at $9.95 million.

In the premier Silverleaf community, also in Scottsdale, this 13,114-square-foot home on East Rimrock includes six-bedroom and eight bathrooms on nine hillside acres. Crafted and meticulously maintained by the Valley’s pioneer sustainably focused builder, Desert Star Construction, it has a motor court, a detached 1,789-square-foot two-bedroom guest home, wet bars and, on a second level, flex rooms. Please call me to discuss this hillside home, available at $21.2 million.

And, in the spectacular White Mountains north of Phoenix, this one-acre lot (MLS #6462772) in 8,000-foot Greer, Apache County, awaits a home overlooking preserve land to the south. This land offering, $499,995, is through me at Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty, Scottsdale.


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The Top 100 network serves worldwide clients. My associates put my listings in their spheres, and I put theirs with my listings. We have been operating like a web, connected all by design. It’s never my listing, it’s our listing, our shared vision. When you hire one of us, you get all of us.

In fact, we were informed at our New York event, SIR TOP 100 associates volume was by far greater than any corporate relocation company. We welcome your call.

For more information on these homes, see Hyperlink click for each of the homes listed. Contact me for your needs or other members of the Top 100. I am principal of the Private Client Group, offering Global Real Estate Representation. For an appointment to see a home or a consultation, text “SIRFAAZAMI” to 87778, email,, see or call 480.266.0240. SIR Frank Aazami,, offers a mobile download link for your Android, iPhone or iPad. Preview our global listings anytime, anywhere, in 18 languages.