Christie’s of London: The Oldest and Most Revered Auction Firm

Walter Raymond

For nearly 250 years, Christie's has been involved in the transfer of great works of art from one caregiver to the next, thus promoting the preservation of the world's cultural heritage.

Christie’s, the iconic London auction company founded in 1766, is synonymous with distinction and international recognition. It is one of the most visible stages for the buying and selling of art in the world. The House hosts more than 450 events in 80 categories, including jewelry, fine and decorative arts, and hundreds of collectibles with values ranging from US$ 200 to US$100 million.

Christie's of London

Christie’s also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients, especially in the contemporary, post-modern, impressionist, old masters, and jewelry categories.
How to participate in a Christie’s auction

Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and showrooms in major cities worldwide, including London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zurich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai.

There are several ways to participate in Christie’s auctions. First, you must subscribe to its catalogs or surf the firm`s website to look for upcoming sales until you find that particular item. Next, you can attend the auction display that takes place three or four days before the actual sale.

It is important that once you find the item of your interest, you contact the specific department specialist, which will provide accurate and detailed information on your desired pieces. For this, Christie’s offers potential buyers their directory of specialists and the way you can communicate with each of them.

Recently, Christie’s expanded its world reach in the growing markets of Russia, China, India, and the United Arab Emirates, with significant exhibitions and sales in Beijing, Mumbai, and Dubai.
Private sales

Christie’s also offers tailored sales for experienced collectors and occasional shoppers with a definite interest in a particular batch or product. The distinguished London auction house brokers discreet and personal negotiations for clients seeking privacy. If you are looking to create a private collection, a team of specialists from a global network of experts in their respective fields will offer advice and the best buying strategies.
Prestige based on responsible practices

For nearly 250 years, Christie’s has been involved in the transfer of the great works of art from a caregiver to the next. The firm has established strong bonds with individuals and institutions related to the art market.  ■

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