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Bass Museum of Art
A Large Cast and Repousse Gilt-Bronze Figure of
Eleven-Headed Avalokiteshvara

Qianlong Period (1736-1795)
Estimate: $100,000 – 150,000
Price realized: $2,853,000
March 2016, New York

Christie’s has been a leader in working with museums and other not-for-profit institutions for over three decades. We were the first auction house to create a department dedicated to serving these organizations’ unique needs. Our experienced team partners with organizations large and small, from historical societies, libraries and universities to art museums—encyclopaedic or niche in scope. We handle projects of every size and subject matter, from single objects to large collections, from antiquities to historical manuscripts to contemporary art.

We have been honored to play a role in helping institutions shape their collections through the acquisition of artworks and are proud to partner with them to achieve exceptional results for their works offered at auction or through private sales. We are also committed to working with our institutional clients to cultivate their patron base through educational events and programming.

Select benefits of working with Christie’s Museum Services department include:

A Streamlined Process

You have a single point of contact for all projects at Christie’s.

Tailored Consultations

Our dedicated team is well-versed in and knowledgeable about processes at institutions. We are sensitive to timelines, internal and external expectations, public perceptions, and other factors unique to institutions.

Longevity of Our Team

Our team has nearly 50 years of combined experience in this field, and as such, is the most seasoned team in the auction business

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