Christie’s, the first international auction house to be granted a licence to operate independently in mainland China, have announced the date of their first auction.

The evening sale of fine art and collectables will be held on September 26 in Shanghai at the Jin An Shangri-La Hotel with a viewing from September 24.

Sotheby's held their first mainland China sale in September last year under a joint venture arrangement and will stage a charity auction in Beijing, on September 8 under licence as Sotheby's (Beijing) Auction Co Ltd.

Christie's are putting together a three-day cultural gala at the hotel to celebrate their auction, running from September 24-26. It will include art forums, educational programmes, masterpiece exhibitions and private sales.