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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The colourful world of Norman Bobins

28 August 2023

Latest slice of a ‘magnificent library’ that covered the development of book illustrations

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George III commode at Christie's is a long story

21 August 2023

Attributed to Ince and Mayhew, this lot has an extensive provenance and auction history

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French try to curry favour with the emperor Qianlong

21 August 2023

The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s included a complete copy of a celebrated suite of engravings that were printed in France for the Qing emperor Qianlong.

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Playing card games with a new Surrealist face

14 August 2023

From late 1940 to early 1941 André Breton and a group of other Surrealists including Wifredo Lam, Max Ernst, Oscar Dominguez, Victor Brauner, André Masson and Frédéric Delanglade re-located to Marseille where they anxiously awaited visas to escape occupied France.

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Old Master sales in London bring good and bad news

14 August 2023

Strong results and supply boost the market but challenges remain with bidders highly selective

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Aristocratic consignments make a comeback in Old Master auctions

14 August 2023

Works coming fresh to the market from British aristocratic sources were once a staple of London Old Master sales.

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Milk jug made for William Beckford’s Fonthill Abbey comes to auction

14 August 2023

Ornate creation from Gothic fantasy comes for sale as part of the Bayreuth collection

Darwin notes

Darwin notes reveal evolution of a book

24 July 2023

Christie’s Books and Manuscripts sale on July 12 included a remarkable copy of 'Insectivorous Plants' by Charles Darwin (1809-82).

Giacometti chandelier

UK buyers sought for Giacometti bronze chandelier and 18th-century botanical drawings

18 July 2023

A Giacometti chandelier and drawings which helped develop Kew Gardens have been blocked from export in the hope a UK institution will raise funding.

Gold box

Pick of the week: Well done to naval hero Waldegrave

17 July 2023

The practice of presenting gold and enamel swords and freedom boxes, already popular in England in the 18th century, became more widespread during the Napoleonic Wars.

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News in brief including Charlie Watts' book collection coming to auction

17 July 2023

A round-up of art and antiques news from the previous seven days, including the book collection of the late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts being offered at Christie's.

Christie’s selling Jean-Michel Basquiat

Christie’s reports sales slowdown in first half of 2023 amid consignor hesitation

13 July 2023

Christie’s reported total sales of $3.2bn (£2.5bn) for the first half of 2023, down 23% on the same period the previous year.

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Old Master auction series posts best total since 2017

10 July 2023

The latest Old Master auctions in London posted the highest total for a series in this category in the capital since 2017.

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Buyer’s premium now raised at all the major players

10 July 2023

The flagship London summer sales were the first to take place since the major auction houses all raised their buyer’s premiums in the first half of 2023.

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Sweerts masterwork lifts Christie’s Old Master sale to seven-year high

07 July 2023

Three rediscovered lots boosted Christie’s latest Old Master auction, helping the saleroom post its highest total for a sale in this category in London for seven years.

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Bidders get a second Getty chance thanks to Temple of Wings contents

03 July 2023

Three auctions follow on from the October series to offer items from the collectors’ Californian residence

Mozart letter

Mozart frets about his future marriage in letter coming up at Christie's auction

26 June 2023

A handwritten letter by the 26-year-old Mozart coming up for auction at Christie’s reveals a tricky love life.

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People power: portraits become focus of dealer events

19 June 2023

With the National Portrait Gallery about to reopen, ATG takes a look at exhibition and auctions on the theme

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Summer sales preview: Lots on the way

19 June 2023

A look ahead to some of the many stand-out items on offer at auctions this summer

Renoir

Ulster Museum buys a Renoir – the first Impressionist painting to enter a Northern Irish public collection

13 June 2023

National Museums NI has bought Pierre-Auguste Renoir’s (1841-1919) L’allée au bois via the government’s Acceptance in Lieu scheme for the Ulster Museum.

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