A historic line-up
From Roman marbles to Pre-Raphaelite paintings, Classic Week at Christie’s London brings together an extraordinary cast of objects under one roof. Spanning 15 auctions from 5–15 December, highlights include masterpieces by Delacroix, El Greco and Rembrandt, medieval aquamanilia, an 18th century English glass celestial globe and ornithological greats from The Astor Collection. An unparalleled opportunity to bring home a true original, explore the sales from 2 December at our King Street galleries.
The only known sketch in oil that outlines the final composition for Eugène Delacroix’s greatest masterpiece
The life and work of the pioneering South African artist, whose 1946 masterpiece, The Watussi Chief’s Wife, is offered on 14 December
Art historian Jacky Klein discusses the devotional power of the 16th-century masterpiece, offered during Classic Week
How the Dutch Master’s vision of himself reflected his fortunes through the years — illustrated with works offered in London on 14 December
From record-breakers to national treasures, a selection of landscape-changing works offered in Christie’s salerooms across the past 251 years
European sculpture specialist Milo Dickinson shows us a wonderful array of aquamaniles — bronze water vessels used in the Middle Ages
Nine points for lovers of timeworn statuary to consider — from Venetian vs Florentine foundries to patina and whether or not to polish
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Old Masters Highlights in Hong Kong
In anticipation of Classic Week in London, highlights from our Old Masters sales will be touring Hong Kong from 24–26 November.
The thought of participating in an art auction can be intimidating to a first-time collector. In reality, bidding in a Christie’s sale has never been easier, whether you want to attend a live auction at one of our international salerooms, or bid online via Christie’s Live™.
The experience of collecting fine art and objects should be enjoyable for everyone. At Christie’s, prices start at the surprisingly affordable – during Classic Week, you might pick up a piece of history for just a few thousand pounds.
Watch our video for a quick tutorial on how to buy with us.