• Press release
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  • New York
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  • For immediate release
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  • 7 August 2020


New York – Christie’s Living: August Collections will present an eclectic offering of fine and decorative arts, design, jewelry and gold boxes from American collections. This online sale is open for bidding 7 August through 20 August and the accessible price points provide a unique opportunity for new and established collectors alike, with opening bids starting at $100 on many of the lots.

Highlighting the various American collections comprising the sale is the Collection of Marion Oates Charles. “Oatsie,” as Mrs. Charles was affectionately called by her friends, was a grande dame of the Georgetown and Newport social circuit and was acquainted with President John F. Kennedy and novelist Ian Fleming, among other influential people of that era. Property from her collection includes Venetian grotto furniture, Asian works of art and delightful personal effects such as signed jewelry by Verdura and a gold monogrammed cigarette case by Chanel.

The sale offers a selection of Scandinavian and European design works from An Enquiring Eye: Property from a Distinguished Private Collector and English and European decorative arts and fine art from the Property of an Important New York Collector. The sale also features standout paintings, works on paper and sculpture by artists from the 18th through 21st centuries such as Christo, Yayoi Kusama, Takashi Murakami, Elaine de Kooning, and Dale Chihuly.

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.

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