• Press release
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  • 17 April 2020

RELEASE | Christie's Expands Global Calendar of Online-Only Sales

New Sales Confirmed for April & May Including: 

HANDPICKED: 100 Artists Selected by the Saatchi Gallery

Andy Warhol: Better Days
Sold to Support the Foundation’s Effort to Provide Emergency Relief to Artists

Andy Warhol, Ocean View, 1975 / Andy Warhol and Henry Geldzahler, 1979 / unique Polaroid prints
To be featured in Andy Warhol: Better Days

WORLDWIDE – As collectors spend more time online enjoying, learning about, and buying the art and objects they love, Christie’s has significantly expanded its online-only sale offerings across numerous collecting categories, including new themed sales of contemporary art. Among the sales launching globally across the company in April and May are Andy Warhol: Better Days, a fundraising auction to help provide emergency relief to artists throughout the U.S. (full release may be viewed here), and HANDPICKED: 100 Works Selected by the Saatchi Gallery.

Going forward, Christie’s will open a new batch of online-only sales for bidding on a weekly basis, with each timed auction ranging from 14 to 21 days. The number of sales planned for the second quarter will continue to grow, leveraging the remote sale administration capabilities of Christie’s teams in New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong.

Newly scheduled sales span 20th Century art, Asian Art, Decorative Arts, Photography, Science and Natural History, as well as Jewels, Watches, and Handbags (see more details below).

Each online sale is accessible from a computer, tablet or mobile phone 24 hours a day, and participating bidders can receive sale updates via email, text or the free Christie’s app. All payment is by credit card, and fast registration is available remotely. Christie’s online auctions routinely produce exceptional results and reach a broad global audience. In 2019, Christies.com attracted over 13.3 million visitors worldwide and 41% of new buyers came in through online sales.

Jennifer Zatorski, President, Christie’s Americas, commented: “Following our planned move to reduce our printed materials by at least 50% and to increase our investment in digital-first initiatives, Christie’s is now accelerating the development of new enhancements that support our private and online-only sales channels. Our sustained commitment over the last decade to proprietary technology allows us to lead the field in integrated digital capabilities.”

Dirk Boll, President, Christie’s EMEA, said: “Alongside the existing calendar of sales announced earlier last week, we have more than tripled our schedule of online-only sales globally for April and May. This includes newly-created sales from long-standing partnerships with the Warhol Foundation and Saatchi Gallery, as well as conversion of select sales from the traditional saleroom format to online-only offerings.”

Francis Belin, President, Christie’s Asia Pacific, added: “Online sales remain a powerful way for Christie’s to engage Asian clients, with the channel accounting for the largest share of new buyers from the region in 2019. As we continue to innovate and expand our digital offerings across collecting categories, we look forward to announcing additional initiatives soon”.

Christie’s calendar of online-only sales for April and May is available for viewing here, with new sales to open for browsing and bidding weekly. The expanded online-only sale calendar complements Christie’s enhanced Private Sales offerings, creating multiple sale platforms for new and established collectors to bid and buy remotely.

  • Notes to Editors
  • Each sale includes items at multiple price levels, to suit a broad range of collectors
  • 64% of all global clients bought or bid online in 2019
  • Online-Only sales continue to recruit the largest number of new buyers - 41%
  • In 2014, Christie’s sold Pamuk by Richard Serra for $905,000, a top price for an online-only sale
  • In 2011, Christie’s became the first auction house to create its own integrated online sale platform (Elizabeth Taylor Online totaled $9.5 million)
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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 Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

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 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.

Browse, bid, discover, and join us for the best of art and luxury at: www.christies.com or by downloading Christie’s apps. The COVID-related re-opening status of our global locations is available here.