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.


‘Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez)’ by Paul Signac

Pointillist painting of Saint Tropez by Paul Signac sets artist’s record at Christie’s auction

27 February 2019

A quintessential pointillist painting of the sun setting over the port of Saint Tropez made an auction record for Paul Signac (1863-1935) at Christie’s latest Impressionist & Modern art auction in London.

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Sotheby’s and Phillips raise buyer’s premium with new rates higher than Christie’s

26 February 2019

Auction house Sotheby’s has increased its buyer’s premium to a level that goes beyond the recent changes announced by Christie’s.

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Modern and Impressionist art market surges as totals more than double in two years

25 February 2019

Growth in the Modern and Impressionist art market outpaced that of post-war and contemporary art in 2018, according to the latest global auction data from Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips.

Anthony van Dyck portrait

Hungarian government helps Budapest museum purchase £5m Anthony van Dyck portrait of English princess at Christie’s auction

21 February 2019

The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest has announced that it bought the Sir Anthony van Dyck (1599-1641) portrait of Princess Mary, daughter of Charles I, that sold for £5m at Christie’s in December.

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Famous facsimiles of Declaration of Independence set records

18 February 2019

Two examples of a celebrated Declaration of Independence copy hit new highs a month apart.

Italian Embassy in London

Christie’s voluntarily returns group of eight looted antiquities to Italy

15 February 2019

A group of eight antiquities that was consigned to Christie’s has been returned to Italy after the works were identified as not having the necessary export and provenance details to be sold.

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UK’s modern and contemporary art auction market records highest growth in 2018

13 February 2019

Despite economic concerns such as Brexit and the possibility of global trade wars, the UK’s top contemporary art auction houses posted the highest growth for Modern and contemporary art sales in 2018.

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Christie’s calm on Brexit as UK chairman says "we will react when we have clarity"

11 February 2019

Christie’s says its London spring sales programme is the “strongest it has ever had” despite concerns of a no-deal Brexit.

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Masterworks by titans of French Art Deco jewellery design bring demand at Christie’s in Paris

11 February 2019

Pictured here are two exceptional pieces of Art Deco jewellery sold by Christie’s Paris (25% buyer’s premium) for multi-estimate sums on December 4.

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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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