Sotheby's Reports Equity Inducement Awards for New Chief Executive Officer

NEW YORK, April 2, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- As required by New York Stock Exchange rules, Sotheby's (NYSE:BID) today reported the equity inducement awards that have been made to Tad Smith, the Company's new President and Chief Executive Officer, who officially joined the company on 31 March.

As previously disclosed in the Form 8-K filed 18 March setting forth all of the material terms of his employment agreement with the Company, dated 13 March, the inducement awards, which replace incentive and other compensation opportunities that Mr. Smith forfeited by leaving his former employer, consist of: (i) 158,638 shares of restricted stock that will vest in 2016 and 2017 (on the same schedule as the forfeited awards from the prior employer); and (ii) 47,070 additional restricted stock units that replace a portion of the value of the expected annual bonus Mr. Smith would have been paid by his former employer for its fiscal year ended 30 June 2015. These latter restricted stock units will be fully vested, will be credited with dividend equivalents based on the dividends paid on the underlying shares of common stock, and will be distributed to Mr. Smith in three approximately equal installments over the next three years. The remainder of the forfeited annual bonus will be paid in cash in September 2015.

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