• Press release
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  • Worldwide
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  • 19 March 2020


Update as of 19 March 2020

Following Christie’s announcement on 13 March in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the company has completed the first phase of a global review to revise the Spring and Summer auction schedule in the Americas and Europe. A summary of provisional key changes:

  In Hong Kong, the Spring Asian Art and Luxury sales currently remain scheduled to take place 30 May to 3 June

  We will be consolidating international 20th Century auctions into one week in one location, New York, scheduled to take place 23 to 28 June. Classic Week New York will run from 8 to 12 June

  In Geneva, the Luxury Week is scheduled to take place 29 June to 1 July

  In London, Classic week including Old Master Paintings and the Exceptional Sale will remain scheduled 6 to 17 July

Sale dates may be subject to change based on the relevant advice and the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO).

“Our first priority is to continue to act in the best interest of the community and our thoughts are with all those affected by the ongoing situation,” said Guillaume Cerutti, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s. “Christie’s teams in the Americas, Europe and Asia are working remotely and resiliently to adapt to the environment, focusing on serving our clients and building successful sales for our auction, private and online channels.”

Christie’s continues to monitor all global developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak. We are grateful to our clients for their patience and understanding and we thank them for their continued business and support.

For the latest news and calendar updates please refer to Christie’s website. A full revised calendar covering all sales will be available online next week.

Offices update

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

  As previously announced, all offices and sales sites in the Americas, Europe and Middle East remain closed as a precautionary measure, with all employee teams working remotely. Christie’s London is operating with minimal staff on-site and with all employees working remotely by 20 March.

  Please be assured that all locations worldwide continue to follow stringent protocols for safety and hygiene, in keeping with all international and local public health guidelines.

Sale site

Marquee Week

Original Dates

New Dates

Hong Kong

Spring Auction Week

30 May – 3 June

No change

New York

20th Century Week*

12-15 May

23-28 June


Luxury Week

10-13 May

29 June-1 July


Classic Week

6-17 July

No change

*combined New York and London sale hosted at Christie’s NY

Additional details about the spring season sales will follow in the coming days.

About Christie’s

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*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.