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  • 27 March 2017

New Sale Calendar for 2017: London Sales of Impressionist, Modern and Post-War and Contemporary Art

This year, Christie’s is continuing to innovate the sales calendar and, following the success of the move in London auctions in February and March this year, will see further evolution in sale dates, in order to adapt to the taste and movements of the growing global art audience. Mirroring the model of the New York sales seasons, London will build two main seasons for Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction: March and October. The second moment to sell masterworks, as well as the program of Day sales, will now take place during Frieze Week in October when the energy of the contemporary art world in London is at its highest. The next Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction this year will take place on 6th October.

Observing how particularly busy this year is for contemporary collectors with Venice, followed by the New York auctions, documenta (in both Kassel and Athens) and of course Art Basel, Christie’s will offer two stronger seasons for Post-War and Contemporary Art. This decision follows the outstanding results witnessed in March when The Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction achieved sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value.  In October 2016, the Frieze Week auctions achieved a total of £91.1million against a pre-sale high estimate of £76 million, with the Evening Auction of Post War and Contemporary Art selling 90% by lot and 96% by value. The sales were complemented by the remarkable collection from the Estate of Leslie Waddington, which was 100% sold. Such results demonstrate that London is the focus of the global contemporary art calendar in October.

Our Impressionist Art evening sale will lead sales in June as London continues to be a focal point for international collectors who come to the city for the Summer season of activities both inside and outside the art world. The sale will take place on 27th June. Launching the season, the Modern British & Irish Art Evening Sale will take place on 26th June and that week will also include associated day and online sales, including the ever-popular Picasso Ceramics. 

“We are always looking to ensure that we offer collectors the very best material at the right moment and as the art world calendar is always evolving, we are leading the market by making changes to meet the needs of our global audience. The aim is to create two highly focused moments in the Post-War and Contemporary Art sales calendar that maximise London’s position at the crossroads of the world art market.  We look forward to bringing more collectors than ever to London in both June and October this year.’ commented Jussi Pylkkanen, Global President, Christie’s. 

About Christie’s

Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 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.