Christie's

Christie's was founded in 1766 by James Christie in London. It holds about 450 auctions a year across with around 80 categories including fine art, jewellery, photography and wine.
 
Christie's has an international presence through its 12 salerooms including London, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, Mumbai and Hong Kong. They also have 53 offices in 32 countries.


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George Michael’s art collection to be auctioned for charity at Christie’s

08 February 2019

The art collection of the late singer George Michael is coming to auction in March at Christie’s in London.

Claude Monet 'Nymphéas en fleur'

Rockefeller collection boosts auction house Christie’s 2018 sales to “record-breaking” £5.3bn

07 February 2019

Christie’s reported total sales for 2018 at £5.3bn, up 3% on the previous year – led by the Rockefeller collection which set a record for any private collection at auction.

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Cambodian bell brings a high note to Peter Petrou auction at Christie's

04 February 2019

A large bronze Cambodian ceremonial bell from the south-east Asian Bronze Age was the top-seller at the Peter Petrou: Tales of the Unexpected auction at Christie’s last week.

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Ten stand-out lots from the sale of dealer Peter Petrou’s collection at Christie’s

01 February 2019

The well-known works of art dealer Peter Petrou offered 150 lots from his eclectic collection at Christie’s in a dedicated sale called Tales of the Unexpected.

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Christie’s raises buyer’s premium to target 'middle market' and top-end

31 January 2019

Christie’s has raised its buyer’s premium, increasing the level at which its 25% threshold applies and adding an extra percentage point to its charges above £3m. The new schedule takes effect from February 1.

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Expect the unexpected at Christie’s sale of eclectic objects from the collection of dealer Peter Petrou

28 January 2019

Well-known works of art dealer Peter Petrou offers 150 lots from his eclectic collection at Christie’s London this week.

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Elizabeth, Mary and Mendel

28 January 2019

A recently released new film about the relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, one in which certain historical liberties appear to have been taken concerning the generally accepted belief that the two women never actually met, brings a topicality to a letter offered last month in London.

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Missionary zeal and tsunami destruction at Christie's

28 January 2019

An unusual Chinese School picture of a 17th century Dutch missionary scene led Christie’s (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) £2m sale of topographical pictures in London.

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Copernicus sets course for the modern world

21 January 2019

A work once said to have “…set the course for the modern world by its effective destruction of the anthropocentric view of the universe” made a rare auction appearance.

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Romantic landscape painter at the heart of a sale series

21 January 2019

Much of the pre-sale interest in the 19th century paintings offered at the major London rooms centred on two landscapes by Caspar David Friedrich (1774-1840) at Sotheby’s (25/20/12.9% buyer’s premium).

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Gallery takes legal action against Christie’s over private sale of Francis Bacon painting

16 January 2019

A legal claim lodged against Christie’s in New York has highlighted some of the practices relating to private sales that top-end auctioneers make behind closed doors.

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New management to lead London Art Week

16 January 2019

In its sixth year, London Art Week has reorganised its leadership team.

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Movers and shakers: the latest arts and antiques appointments including at Bonhams in London and at Christie’s France

15 January 2019

A trio of hires for Bonhams as contemporary art and digital growth become a focus for the auction house following the purchase by private equity group Epiris in September 2018.

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The worth of Wealth of Nations

14 January 2019

Adam Smith’s own copy bearing his simple bookplate makes £750,000 in London auction.

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Burne-Jones stars at auction as first major London exhibition for over four decades opens

14 January 2019

Edward Coley Burne-Jones (1833-98) was the toast of London during the latest Victorian art sales held in the capital, where buyers continued to covet blue-chip Pre-Raphaelite art, market-fresh material – and invest in female names.

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Highlights of New York drawings auctions include single-owner lots with provenance to Dutch king

14 January 2019

For many years New York’s major salerooms mounted auction series of Old Master paintings, drawings and sculpture in the first months of the year immediately following their Americana series.

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Christie’s wins fight in France to charge resale right on buyers not sellers

07 January 2019

Supreme Court in Paris rules that auction house can now charge buyers rather than sellers for artist levy.

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Book that forms a work of art

07 January 2019

At the very end of the 15th century, in Venice in December 1499, there emerged from the presses of that city’s most famous printer, Aldus Manutius, what is traditionally described as the most beautiful illustrated printed book of the Italian Renaissance.

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Blaeu townbook with wind in its sails

07 January 2019

Bound as two volumes in contemporary red morocco gilt, its plates and plans finely coloured and gilt heightened throughout, an exceptional example of Joan Blaeu’s celebrated 17th century townbook of the Netherlands was offered in a recent American sale.

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