15 January 2014


Francis Bacon Portrait of Lover George Dyer To Be Auctioned

A major portrait by Francis Bacon will be offered at Christie’s in their upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 13 February 2014. The painting depicts George Dyer and was executed in 1966, at the artist’s creative peak. George Dyer was Bacon’s lover, muse and arguably his greatest influence. A powerful and poignant portrait […]

14 January 2014


Major Arte Povera Exhibition To Be Mounted By Christie’s London

Arte Povera artists filled galleries with animals and decaying matter decades before Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. With its idea that humble ‘poor’ everyday materials – both natural and man-made – can be transformed into powerful, evocative works of art, Arte Povera transformed the landscape and language of contemporary art in the late 1960s and […]

8 January 2014


Modern Masters From An Important Swiss Collection To Be Auctioned At Christie’s

Christie’s London has just announced the sale of an exceptional and historic group of Modern Masters: Works from an Important Private Swiss Collection which will be offered at auction in February 2014. Collections often reflect their collectors‟ tastes and histories, but seldom do they also reflect their friendships and relationships as much as the 22 […]

20 December 2013


Joan Miro: Outstanding Collection Of 85 Works Offered At Christie’s

Christie’s has announced Miró – Seven Decades of His Art, an outstanding collection of 85 works showcasing seven decades of Joan Miró’s (1893–1983) rich and dynamic career, which will be offered in February 2014. This is one of the most extensive and impressive offerings of works by the artist ever to come to auction. An […]

14 December 2013


Christie’s Loses Key International Chair As Amy Cappellazzo Resigns

Christie’s Auctioneers has announced the departure of a key member of its team. Amy Cappellazzo will leave the company, after the London auctions in February, to pursue her career outside the company. Ms. Cappellazzo, Co-Head along with Brett Gorvy were responsible for developing Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art department between 2001 to 2011. She was named […]

7 December 2013


Edward Hopper and Norman Rockwell Achieve Record Prices At Auction

It has been a record breaking week for two icons of American realism.  A Depression era view of New Jersey by Edward Hopper has sold for $40m (£24.4m), setting an auction record for the US artist, at Christie’s sale of American art. While Rockwell’s “Saying Grace” has fetched a record price of $46 million at […]

6 December 2013


Christie’s Releases A Preliminary Appraisal for Bankrupt Detroit

Christie’s the international auctioneers has confirmed that it has delivered a preliminary report on its valuation project at the request of the Emergency Manager of the City of Detroit. This report summarises the scope of work set by the City, Christie’s process for conducting the appraisal, and a preliminary aggregate valuation range based on fair […]

16 November 2013


Astronomical Warhol Koons And Bacon Results Defy Art Market Skeptics

Oh what a crazy week for contemporary and modern art at auction: Despite a lot of hot air in the art press over the last few days, with speculation of whether the art market bubble (or balloon in some cases) was about to burst, the climate has again proven the sceptics to be wrong, with […]

9 November 2013


Bob Guccione’s Erotic Treasures Banned From New York’s Leading Auction Houses

Multiple auction houses were interested in the vast collection of Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione’s erotic treasures, recently acquired by entrepreneur Jeremy Frommer via the late media mogul’s storage lockers and creditors. After Vice Magazine devoted their entire September issue to the Guccione archives, Frommer was approached by several auctioneers about collaborating on a wide-reaching exhibition. […]

6 November 2013


Alberto Giacometti’s Portrait Of Brother Diego Realises $33m At Christie’s

Christies’ has set a world record with a portrait of Alberto Giacometti’s brother Diego, achieving $33m, a record for one of the artist’s paintings. This week’s auctions of Impressionist and Modern Art have realised a running tally of $258 million, with the Works on Paper and Day Sales completing the series today. Bidders from more […]

18 October 2013


Saatchi Auctions Tracey Emin Bed To Raise Funds For Gallery

An important auction of contemporary sculpture and installation work was offered from the Saatchi Gallery collection this week at Christies. It realised a total of £3,086,350 / $4,935,074 / €3,635,720. The sale offered 50 works with no reserves and no estimates. Proceeds from the auction will support the Saatchi Gallery’s continuing policy for free entry […]

12 October 2013


Andy Warhol Coca Cola Bottle: Yours For £50m At Christie’s

An early hand painted Andy Warhol Coca-Cola bottle is going under the hammer at Christie’s Contemporary Art Evening sale in New York. Carrying an estimate of $40,000,000-60,000,000, Coca Cola (3) has resided within the same private collection for almost two decades, and has been featured prominently in every major Warhol exhibition. It will be on […]

10 October 2013


Francis Bacon Triptych Of Lucian Freud May Achieve Over £50m

Francis Bacon’s portrait of the artist Lucian Freud may set a new record for the painters work, when it goes under the hammer at Christie’s auctioneers, in New York, in November. It is expected to sell in the region of $85m (£53m). Painted in 1969 the three panelled work, known as a triptych,depicts studies of […]

10 October 2013


David Bomberg: 32 Estate Works To Be Auctioned For Charity

Christie’s has announced that it will be offering 32 works from the Estate of the British artist David Bomberg (1890 – 1957) as part of their Modern British and Irish Art sale on 21 November. Proceeds of the sale will benefit Hadassah, a registered charity dedicated to raising funds for Hadassah Medical Organisation in Jerusalem. […]

29 September 2013


Eric Clapton Puts Second Gerhard Richter Abstract Up For Auction

A second abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter, owned by the ageing rock star Eric Clapton will go under the hammer at Christie’s auctioneers this autumn.  Last year, ‘Abstraktes Bild (809-4)’ was sold to an anonymous buyer for £21,321,250, setting a record price for any living artist. Clapton purchased three major works by […]

14 September 2013


Jan Krugier Auction Reveals An Unsurpassable Connoisseurs Collection

 “I want to share my secret with people all over the world, so they can be touched by something heroic, sublime, outside time.  I have experienced the most monstrous aspects of humanity, and I believe that only beauty can save the world.”  -Jan Krugier Christie’s is presenting A Dialogue Through Art: Works from The Jan […]

16 August 2013


First British Pop Art Exhibition To Be Mounted By Christie’s and Waddington

Christie’s auctioneers, in association with Waddington Custot Galleries, will stage When Britain Went Pop!, an exhibition exploring the early revolutionary years of the British Pop Art movement, which will launch Christie’s new gallery space in Mayfair. This is the first comprehensive exhibition of British Pop Art to be held in London. When Britain Went Pop! […]

10 August 2013


Detroit Institute Of Arts Confirms Christie’s To Appraise Museum Collection

It was confirmed by the press office at Christie’s Auctioneers this week that Christie’s Appraisals Inc. has been called in and has entered into an agreement to appraise a portion of the City owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Art.  In addition we will also assist and advise on how to realise value for […]

3 August 2013


Charles Saatchi Auctions Important Artworks To Fund Chelsea Gallery

Charles Saatchi is selling a bed complete with embroidered panels by Tracey Emin along with 50 other works of sculpture and installation art. The sale will take place in October, at Christie’s, in an auction titled, ‘Thinking Big’. Proceeds from the sale will subsidise schools education programmes and continue the free entry to exhibitions policy, […]

17 July 2013


Christie’s Becomes First International Auctioneers to Operate Independently in India

It was announced yesterday that Christie’s auctioneers will become the only international auction house to hold sales in India. This follows their aggressive move into China and their longstanding commitment to retaining their market leadership in this lucrative part of the world. Their inaugural Mumbai auction of Indian art is scheduled for December 2013. it […]

11 July 2013


Barbara Hepworth and Elizabeth Frink Achieve Auction Records At Christie’s

Results for the Modern British Art Evening Sale at Christie’s London, 10 July 2013 achieved strong results for works by Hepworth, Lowry  Nicholson and  Elizabeth Frink going well over their estimates. The Evening Sale realised a total of £9,870,725/ $14,697,510/ €11,469,782 and was sold 84% by lot and 85% by value, with world auction records […]

12 June 2013


Tony Reichardt Collection Of Modern British Art Offered At Christie’s

Christie’s is selling the collection of Tony Reichardt, a pioneering British art dealer in the 1960s and 1970s.  Reichardt was an innovative independent Director of Marlborough Fine Art in London from 1961-1985. He was responsible for the Contemporary space they opened on Bond Street and for the development of their print gallery. In conjunction with […]

8 June 2013


Picasso Solid Gold Bling Platter Goes Under The Hammer At Christie’s

An important large solid gold plate by Pablo Picasso, Visage Tourmenté comes to the market for the first time, having been unseen in public for over 40 years. Weighing over 2.5kg, it is made from 22 carat gold. It is extremely rare to see gold pieces by Picasso at auction as the artist only created […]

8 June 2013


Viral: Andy Warhol And The Image Before The Internet Age

Christie’s auctioneers has announced a pop-up exhibition in the Silicon Valley as part of Andy Warhol at Christie’s, a partnership with the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Titled Viral: Andy Warhol and the Image before the Internet Age, it is a collaboration with Wells Fargo Private Bank. The exhibition will be held at the […]

7 June 2013


Eduardo Chillida’s Guggenheim Bilbao Exhibition To Be Auctioned At Christie’s

Christie’s is presenting the complete Homage to Chillida exhibition curated by Kosme de Barañano and held at Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in 2006 for sale in the Christie’s London evening and day auctions of Post-War & Contemporary Art on 25 and 26 June 2013. ‘Homage to Chillida’ is a collection of works representing a fitting testament […]

14 May 2013


Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Auction Realises $33 Million At Christie’s

One of the highest grossing charity auctions in history took place last night at Christie’s New York. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, in partnership with the auction house presented The 11th Hour charity auction, to benefit environmental and wildlife conservation efforts supported by the Foundation. By the end of the evening, sales totalled a staggering $33.3 […]

9 May 2013



Bidders representing more than 30 countries have contributed to the success of the New York Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art at Christie’s on May 8.  $158,505,000 was realised and top results for blue-chip artists including Picasso, Miró, Modigliani and Schiele were achieved. With all but three works sold, the evening’s strong sell-through rates […]

27 April 2013


Christie’s Francois Henri Pinault Returns Stolen Imperial Bronzes To China

The French billionaire Francois-Henri Pinault owner of Christie’s Auctioneers is returning two Qianlong (18th-century) bronzes looted from its Old Summer Palace to China . The Royal building was ransacked and much of it was destroyed when French and British troops attacked in 1860, during the Second Opium War.  The sculptures were recently offered as lots […]

14 April 2013


UK Fails To Stop Qatar Bid To Export £50m Picasso

We reported on 11 March that one of the most iconic Picasso ‘Blue Period’ paintings which has been in Britain for over 85 years is about to vanish from the UK forever. ‘Child with a Dove’ was painted in 1901 when Picasso was a struggling 19 year old artist, living in Paris. It first arrived […]

10 April 2013


Christie’s Auctioneers Granted First Operating Licence For Mainland China

Christie’s Auctioneers has announced that it will be holding sales in Shanghai beginning autumn 2013. These will be independently operated having become the first international fine art auction company to be granted an auctioneer’s license for mainland China. As the global leader in the art market, this development represents an important milestone in Christie’s 247 […]

13 February 2013


Is China Still The Global Market Leader For Art Sales?

We reported a year ago that the global art market had recovered from the financial crisis with both confidence and prices continuing to rise. The main growth centres were the Asian market, particularly Beijing and Hong Kong. As we come up to the release of figures in March for the 2012 period, we have to […]

7 February 2013


Modigliani Masterpiece Realises £26.9m At Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Sale

Amedeo Modigliani’s portrait of his lover Jeanne Hebuterne was the top selling lot at Christie’s evening Impressionist and Modern sale in London on Wednesday reaching a staggering £26.9 million ($42.3 million, 31.2 million euros), Christie’s said. The final price for the 1919 portrait, “Jeanne Hebuterne wearing a hat” was above the pre-sale estimate of between […]