Christie’s first Classic Week in London totals £109 million

The series of 14 sales is led by the Rubens masterpiece Lot and His Daughters, which achieves the highest price for an Old Master painting at auction this year

Classic Week at Christie’s concluded on 13 July, achieving a total of £109,038,888 / $141,931,118 / €128,048,200. More than 19,000 visitors came to view the diverse displays and auctions, which spanned the Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Master & British Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Books and Manuscripts and The Exceptional Sale.

The week realised a strong average sell-through rate of 87 per cent by value across the 14 sales, anticipating the market for each price point and category. Increased international reach was evidenced by the participation of more than 1,000 registered bidders from 50 countries, 695 registered online bidders, and substantial cross-category buying with more than 700 active bidders across the week, including collectors of 20th-century art.

Christie’s achieved seven of the top ten auction prices of the season across all houses, underlining its leading position in the market. The auctions were highlighted by the memorable sale of Rubens’ masterpiece Lot and His Daughters, which achieved the highest price for a work of art at auction this year.

‘Our specialists have continued to innovate and inspire collectors, and I hope that James Christie himself would have been proud that his legacy lives on’

‘The energy and response from Christie’s clients to the first Classic Week in London has been exceptional as the salerooms were transformed to host the very best in classical art,’ said Orlando Rock, Chairman, Christie’s UK.

‘Following Christie’s 20th Century sales, and the curated 250th anniversary Defining British Art sale on 30 June which achieved £33.5 million for the Old Master category, Classic Week has been a fitting conclusion to a remarkable summer season at Christie’s,’ Rock continued. ‘Our specialists have continued to innovate and inspire collectors, and I hope that James Christie himself would have been proud that his legacy lives on.’

The top lots in Classic Week

Peter Paul Rubens, Lot and His Daughters, circa 1613-14. Estimate On request. Sold for £44,882,500 in the Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale on 7 July 2016  — the highest price realised for an Old Master painting this year 

Peter Paul Rubens, Lot and His Daughters, circa 1613-14. Estimate: On request. Sold for £44,882,500 in the Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale on 7 July 2016  — the highest price realised for an Old Master painting this year 

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, The Woman with the Arrow, 1661. Etching and drypoint, on laid paper. Estimate £150,000-250,000. Sold for £212,500 in Fifty Prints by Rembrandt Van Rijn A Private English Collection on 5 July 2016

Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, The Woman with the Arrow, 1661. Etching and drypoint, on laid paper. Estimate: £150,000-250,000. Sold for £212,500 in Fifty Prints by Rembrandt Van Rijn: A Private English Collection on 5 July 2016

Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London), Giraffes with Impala in a Landscape. Oil on millboard. Estimate £40,000-60,000. Sold for £254,500 in the Old Master & British Paintings Day Sale on 8 July 2016 

Jacques-Laurent Agasse (Geneva 1767-1849 London), Giraffes with Impala in a Landscape. Oil on millboard. Estimate: £40,000-60,000. Sold for £254,500 in the Old Master & British Paintings Day Sale on 8 July 2016 

A large Cycladic marble female figure, late Spedos variety, circa 2500-2400 B.C. Estimate £300,000-500,000. Sold for £1,202,500 in the Antiquities sale on 6 July 2016 

A large Cycladic marble female figure, late Spedos variety, circa 2500-2400 B.C. Estimate: £300,000-500,000. Sold for £1,202,500 in the Antiquities sale on 6 July 2016 

A Wedgwood black ‘basaltes’ encaustic-decorated ‘First Day’s Vase’. Estimate £120,000-180,000. Sold for £482,500 in The Exceptional Sale on 7 July 2016 

A Wedgwood black ‘basaltes’ encaustic-decorated ‘First Day’s Vase’. Estimate: £120,000-180,000. Sold for £482,500 in The Exceptional Sale on 7 July 2016 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), A Woman Combing Her Hair; Fanny Cornforth. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum arabic on paper. Estimate £500,000-£800,000. Sold for £542,500 in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art sale on 13 July 2016 

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882), A Woman Combing Her Hair; Fanny Cornforth. Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour heightened with gum arabic on paper. Estimate: £500,000-£800,000. Sold for £542,500 in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art sale on 13 July 2016 

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid), Head of a Boy in a Cap, looking up to the left, his left hand to his cheek. Red and white chalk on blue paper. Estimate £200,000-300,000. Sold for £542,500 in the Old Master & British Drawings sale on 5 July 2016 

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (Venice 1696-1770 Madrid), Head of a Boy in a Cap, looking up to the left, his left hand to his cheek. Red and white chalk on blue paper. Estimate: £200,000-300,000. Sold for £542,500 in the Old Master & British Drawings sale on 5 July 2016