Christie’s International PLC, better known as Christie’s, is a British auction house that specializes in the sale of fine art in a range of variety. It was established in London by James Christie in 1766 and has since grown to become one of the world’s most prestigious auction houses.
Artists such as Thomas Chippendale, Thomas Gainsborough, and Sir Joshua Reynolds, were of Christie, and his properties became a gather spot for dealers, collectors, and anyone of the elite society. Christie’s expertise of significant artwork was mirrored in the kind of deals he was able to handle in 1778, when he was appointed to sell a collection for Sir Robert Walpole, he was able to make a sale with the Russian Empress in Catherine the Great and make a purchase.
Christie’s has a long history of managing landmark auctions. Auctioning the inner workings of Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1794, selling jewelry from Madame du Barry in 1795, hosting the 40-day sale of collections from the Chando’s Stowe House and the 2nd Duke of Buckingham in 1848, directing the 17-day sale of pictures of Hamilton Place in 1882, selling the Sir George Drummond collection pictures in 1919, and organizing the Ford Collection of Impressionist Paintings sale in 1980.
Artwork and personal belongings associated with historical individuals such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Napoleon Bonaparte, Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Marilyn Monroe, Diana, Princess of Wales, and others have been auctioned at Christie’s. Following the end of a litigation in which its ownership was questions, Christie’s New York also auctioned the famed Archimedes Palimpsest in 1998.
Despite the issue that engulfed Christie’s with rivaled auction house Sotheby’s at the turn of the century, Christie’s is proud of its exceptional client services and strong background, which have been its most valuable assets as it continues to serve millions of people around the world by facilitation the purchase and sale of high-value artwork.
Today, Christie’s has established an online auction system called “Christie’s Live,” to reinforce its auction venues throughout the globe, allowing bids to placed through the web from anywhere around the world. Christie’s Live allows potential buyers to hear and see the auctioneer run a live auction from their screens online while also placing bids. This system, which began in London and New York, is now growing to also take place in countries such as Hong Kong, Paris, and Amsterdam.
Christie’s Magazine, a literary piece from the auction house with articles on collecting and news on future sales. The firm provides appraisals and values through the magazine. While, Christie’s Photos is a photo library that houses an archive of several million images of decorative and fine artworks depicting goods sold in Christie’s sale rooms all over the planet.
During the filming of “Something’s Gotta Give” in 2003, movie director Nancy Meyers build a Christie’s New York sign for an outside scene. The auction house was so moved by the signage that they requested that the producers leave it once the shoot was over. The sign is still on display at the New York branch up to this day.
Amsterdam, Australia, Bangkok, Berlin, Dubai, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Milan, Mexico City, Japan, and Paris are among the countries where Christie’s offices continue to flourish across the world.