About Christie's

James Christie who we are

James Christie, 1778
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788)
oil on canvas
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, expertise and global reach. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since 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 its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.

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. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.

The History of Christie’s Auction House


Explore Christie’s historic auctions and defining moments in the art market during our more than 250-year history.

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Advisory Board

Advisory Board

American Advisory Board Members

The Lord Carrington, KG, Honorary Chairman
John L. Vogelstein, Chairman
Stephen S. Lash, Vice Chairman

Herb Allen, Elizabeth Ballantine, Archbold D. van Beuren, Charlie Blaquier, Stephen Bronfman, Christina Chandris, Bruno Eberli, Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, Ashton Hawkins, Esq., J. Tomilson Hill, III, Barbara Jakobson, Nancy M. Kissinger, Mr. George Klein, Ambassador William H. Luers, Li Chung Pei, Jeffrey E. Perelman, The Honorable Nicholas Platt, Tara Rockefeller, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Denise Saul, Andrew N. Schiff, M.D., Ambassador Clifford M. Sobel, Michael Steinhardt, John L. Vogelstein, Casey Wasserman

Asian Advisory Council Members

Rebecca Wei, Chairwoman
Jinqing Cai, Deputy Chairwoman

Pierre Chen, Raymond Ch'ien, William Fung, Handel Lee, Anthony Lin, Mary Ma, Pan Gong Kai, Dee Poon, Qiong Er Jiang, Mimi Tang, Patrick Thomas, Wang Wei, Douglas Woo

European Advisory Board Members

Pedro Girao, Chairman

Contessa Giovanni Gaetani dell’Aquila d’Aragona, Monique Barbier Mueller, Thierry Barbier Mueller, Arpad Busson, Kemal Has Cingillioglu, Hélène David-Weill, Bernhard Fischer, I. D. Fürstin zu Fürstenberg, Rémi Gaston-Dreyfus, Laurence Graff, Jacques Grange, H.R.H. Prince Pavlos of Greece, Terry de Gunzburg, Guillaume Houzé, Alicia Koplowitz, Robert Manoukian, Rosita, Duchess of Marlborough, Contessa Daniela d’Amelio Memmo, Usha Mittal, Polissena Perrone, Maryvone Pinault, Eric de Rothschild, Çigdem Simavi, Sylvie Winckler