Christie’s, the World’s most Famous Auction House

During the controversy relating to the presumed false certificate associated with the works sent overseas from Chile. We want to tell you more about the focus of this story, Christie’s.

Christie’s was founded in 1755 in London, and it is known for carrying out the biggest auctions of the 20th century. This auction house provides more than 450 annual sells in over 80 categories, which includes all the areas of fine and decorative art, jewelry, photographs, collectibles, bottles of wine, among other.

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In the last years, Christie’s has auctioned personal works and objects of creators and celebrities such as Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Napoleón Bonaparte, Yves Saint Laurent and Diana de Gales. Also, different works are considered as cultural heritage of humanity. As a result, Christie’s has been extremely questioned. Among this works, you can find pre-Columbian objects with a high cultural value, which are only auctioned to unique collectors.

In 2010, the New York’s headquarters auctioned a Pablo Picasso’s painting, “Nude”, with a final sell of 106.482.500 dollars. Since that moment, Christie’s achieved a new world record as the highest price reached by an auction house. To date, this known record has exceeded 450 million of dollars by selling Pablo Picasso’s works, according to the last information in 2017.

Christie’s mayor selling hall is located in London, where started in 1823.  Across the globe, there are 53 offices in 32 countries, including 10 in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva, China, Mexico, among others. In 1995, Christie has become in the first international auction house to exhibit art works in Peking, China.

Christie’s founder, James Christie, managed to create a reputation among the other British auction houses by taking advantage of the great moment that the British capital experimented during the years of the French Revolution, regarding art works commerce. He would never imagine that his company will persist until 1999 when it becomes in private property of the Frenchman François Pinault.

Photo Credits; Christie’s_The Guardian



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