Currently the market leader for Maritime Pictures, Christie’s holds two dedicated Maritime sales a year in London. These sales include pictures from the 1600 through to the present day and exceptional ship models. Our extensive international client base has allowed us to continue achieving strong prices in London for works of exceptional quality and with impeccable provenance.
Since the conception of these sales, over twenty-five years ago, Christie’s has set numerous world auction records including $508,800 (£275,027) for Montague Dawson's The Wings of Dawn (July 2006, New York); £172,000 for John Wilson Carmichael's A sleek-hulled British Opium Schooner amongst other shipping, including fine-lined Chinese deep water junks and a large British man-o'-war under sail, off what is presumed to be Hong Kong (November 1997, London); and £663,750 for an extremely fine Admiralty Board model of an English Fifth Rate ship-of-the line (November 2003, London). All of these prices still stand as world records today.
More recent highlights include discovering the earliest known depiction of the Stars and Stripes in art by Francis Holman which achieved £64,850 (21 November 2012) and a world record price of £127,250 for the contemporary marine artist Jamie Medlin for The triumphant return of the J-Class to British waters: The Solent, 18th-21st July 2012 (21 November 2012), proving the strength, diversity and popularity of the category at auction.
We invite you to contact one of the specialists listed below if you are interested in buying or selling your works of Maritime art