RELEASE: Christie's Buy or Bid, South Kensington 2014





South Kensington – Christie’s announces a new approach to buying: Christie’s Buy or Bid. This November, alongside the usual auction calendar, Christie’s South Kensington presents a hand selected group of items that will be available to purchase at a fixed price for a fixed period. Shoppers have the opportunity to acquire their Christmas presents in the Old Brompton Road saleroom or online between 14 November and 3 December. Anything which is not snapped up during this initial period will go into the 9 December Interiors auction where they will be priced with auction estimates. To view highlights from the selection click here.

Christie’s Buy or Bid will showcase a unique and eclectic collection of 42 lots, handpicked by our specialists to make for personal presents or simply a new addition to the home. Fixed prices for the Christie’s Buy or Bid selection start at £1,040, ranging up to £13,000, and items bought ahead of the auction can be specially gift-wrapped for buyers to take home ready for the holidays. The wide range of gifts includes everything from paintings and sculpture, to jewellery, to an Art Deco chromium plated coffee machine and a 1962 pinball machine.

Nic McElhatton, Chairman of Christie’s South Kensington, said: “Christie’s Buy or Bid builds on the existing auction offerings at Christie’s South Kensington and offers customers the quality, value and expertise for which Christie’s is renowned. For the first time at Christie’s, buyers can secure a handpicked item for a fixed price – they don’t have to bid; they can walk in and walk out of Christie’s with their purchase, or buy on our website. Outside the fixed timeframe to buy, shoppers have another opportunity to bid at the auction. Whether you are new to auction and want to secure a unique present for Christmas, or a regular at Christie’s, come to Christie’s South Kensington for coffee, to meet the specialists and explore the eclectic Christie’s Buy or Bid selection.” 


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Notes to Editors

All items in the Christie’s Buy or Bid selection will be marked in the saleroom and the 9 December Interiors auction catalogue with two prices:

-          Purchase Price – this price is final and inclusive of VAT. Buyers can purchase lots in the Christie’s Buy or Bid selection at a fixed price between 14 November and 3 December only.

-          Auction estimate – for lots consigned for auction, Christie’s provides a low and high estimate. This is a guideline for interested bidders. In addition to the hammer price, the buyer agrees to pay Christie’s the buyer’s premium together with any applicable value added tax. The buyer’s premium is 25% of the first £50,000 of the hammer price on each lot.


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About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in 2019 that totalled £4.5 billion / $5.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.

*Please note when quoting estimates above that other fees will apply in addition to the hammer price - see Section D of the Conditions of Sale at the back of the sale catalogue.

*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and are reported net of applicable fees.