• 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

Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. 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 clients and online sales are offered year-round across all categories. Christie’s global presence is spread across a network of international salerooms and 61 representatives and offices. provides detailed articles and videos on the objects offered for sale alongside the latest advances in digital viewing tools to make Christie’s accessible to all.

*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.