Overview:Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million.
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction and private sales in 2014 of £5.1 billion ($8.4 billion), up 12%. This figure is the highest sales total for any auction house in the history of the art market. Christie’s figures were driven by an increase in new buyers across all geographies, there was a 48% increase in works sold for over $10m, a 19% increase in lots sold for over $1m and 24% of sales were in the middle market (£100k-£1m). New registrants to our online platform were up 57%, we had 15.6 million visitors from 228 countries and overall the number of online buyers was up 38%.
Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery. Private sales totaled £916.1 million ($1.5 billion) in 2014, an increase of 20% on the same period last year.
Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, Shanghai, New York, Mumbai, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, and Hong Kong. More recently, Christie’s has led in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the Middle East, with successful sales, exhibitions and initiatives in Shanghai, Moscow, Baku, Beijing, Delhi, Jeddah, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Dubai.