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  • 21 March 2022

CHRISTIE’S APPOINTS ANDREW FLETCHER AS GLOBAL HEAD OF OLD MASTERS DEPARTMENT

London – Christie’s is pleased to announce that Andrew Fletcher has been appointed Global Head, Old Masters Department, effective from 21 March 2022. Andrew will be based in London. In his role, he will lead the global Old Master Paintings Department, partnering with the existing team to continue to strengthen Christie’s presence in the field.

 

Andrew Fletcher, Christie’s Global Head, Old Masters Department commented: “To be joining Christie’s – the company with the richest and most illustrious history in the field of Old Masters – is an immense honour.  I am truly excited both at what is happening in the industry and, above all, at the prospect of working with such a dynamic team who have proven their effectiveness season after season.”

 

Andrew joins Christie’s following nearly 20 years at Sotheby’s where he most recently held the position Head of Old Master Paintings Department, Europe. During his tenure, Andrew initiated and led change, modernising departmental and auction structures and overseeing the transition to online sales. He spearheaded the pioneering £150m Rembrandt to Richter sale during the pandemic in 2020 combining Old Masters, Impressionist, Contemporary and Modern British Art. In addition, he led the development of Sotheby’s strategy in Asia including initiating the series of private selling exhibitions in Hong Kong, A Brush with Nature.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

Christie’s is dedicated to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, including achieving sustainability through net zero carbon emissions by 2030, and actively using its platform in the art world to amplify under-represented voices and support positive change.

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