“We all miss the sense of occasion that comes with going to an auction,” Mr. Jennings said. “I’m really anxious to get into one.”

For the first time since the start of the pandemic, Sotheby’s invited a select few collectors and dealers to attend their live streamed auctions in real life, and finally bid in person rather than online or over the phone.

Managing Director Guy Jennings and Senior Director Morgan Long were recently asked to comment on this, speaking to The Wall Street Journal last week about their own viewing habits and how different it is to participate in the auctions from the comfort of their own homes.

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