• Press release
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  • 13 March 2020


Update as of 17 March 2020

Christie’s continues to monitor all global developments related to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, including adherence to the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). The health and well-being of our employees and our clients remains our highest priority. We continue to assess the situation daily and make appropriate arrangements to help ensure the health and safety of employees and visitors to our salerooms and galleries worldwide. Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s: “In the days ahead, we will be communicating a number of necessary changes to our usual course of business, including further changes to our sale calendar. These decisions are undertaken with a great degree of care and in close consultation with our clients.”


Postponed Sales

Christie’s is currently working through a restructuring of its forthcoming spring auctions, including significant changes to the sales calendar in the Americas and Europe. 

In the meantime, the following sales scheduled for March and April are confirmed as postponed, with the announcement of new dates and additional sale postponements to come.

New York


Sale Title

Former Schedule

A Lasting Engagement: The Jane and Kito de Boer Collection, Live and Online

18 March – new date to come

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art

18 March – new date to come

Contemporary Art Asia Online

19-26 March – new date to come


31 March – new date to come

Dalva Brothers: Parisian Taste In New York

2 April – new date to come

Prints and Multiples

15 and 16 April – new date to come


Sale Title

Former Schedule

Dessins Anciens et du XIXème siècle

25 March – new date to come

Oeuvres Modernes sur Papier

26 March – new date to come

Hommage à Arp – La collection Greta Stroeh

26 March – new date to come

Art Impressionniste et Moderne

27 March – new date to come

Livres Rares et Manuscrits

7 April – new date to come

Art Précolombien

7 April – new date to come

Arts D’afrique, D’océanie et D’Amérique Du Nord

8 April – new date to come

Collection Delanoue

28 April – new date to come

The Collector: Le Goût Français

29 April – new date to come


Milan *as previously announced on 10 March


Sale Title

Former Schedule

Thinking Italian

08-09 April – new date to come


Dubai *as previously announced on 10 March


Sale Title

Former Schedule

Important Watches

11 April – new date to come


Sales to proceed

The following scheduled sales at Christie’s London and online will continue as planned:

Australian Art - Online, 12 - 19 March

Prints & Multiples, 18 March

Chieveley House, Berkshire and Five Private Collections,19 March

For clients that prefer to participate remotely in our London sales, Christie’s offers online and mobile browsing and remote bidding by phone, online, or proxy bid. Our international teams are in place to advise any client who has questions about sale items and to help arrange for remote viewing and/or bidding. See our online guide for bidding and buying online.

Offices update

As a precautionary measure and in keeping with guidance from international and local public health authorities, Christie’s is implementing reduced hours and sales office closures for the following global locations, effective Monday, 16 March: The following offices are closed, with all employee teams working remotely: Amsterdam, Bogota, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Düsseldorf, Geneva, Hamburg, Houston, Los Angeles, Madrid, Mexico City, Miami, Milan, Monaco, Moscow, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco, Santiago, Sao Paulo, Stuttgart, Tel Aviv, Toronto, Vienna, Zurich.

Christie’s London employees will shift to remote working from Tuesday 17 March for an initial two-week period, with the exception of a small team in place at King Street until 19 March to support the above continuing sales this week.

In Asia, Christie’s Hong Kong office has returned to usual open business hours. Beijing and Shanghai offices are operating with reduced staff on-site and remote working arrangements where necessary; Christie’s Seoul offices are open with reduced hours and continued remote working arrangements for the interim.

Please be assured that all of our locations worldwide are following stringent protocols for safety and hygiene, in keeping with all international and local public health guidelines.


A further announcement about spring season sales will follow in the coming days, including dates for all rescheduled sales.

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.