2011 marked the 235th anniversary of James Christie’s first library sale (when he sold ten Caxtons, including a Chaucer for £6). The intervening years have seen many of the world’s finest books and manuscripts pass through the company, including in recent decades the most expensive book or manuscript ever sold - Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester ($30.8 million; October 1994) - and the world’s most expensive medieval manuscript - the Rothschild Prayerbook (£8,580,000, July 1999).
Today, Christie’s international book department continues to offer for sale the cream of the world’s printed books, medieval manuscripts, autograph letters and archives, through auction or private sale, based in our four principal sale rooms in New York, London (King Street and South Kensington) and Paris.
In 2014, Christie’s Paris launched its first comics sale. Realising nearly €4 million, the auction established 12 new world auction records for artists such as Jean-Pierre Gibrat and Grzegors Rosinski. With bidders from 14 different countries, Christie’s has offered a unique opportunity to collectors around the world to acquire exceptional examples of this fascinating art form.