A historic lineup
Christie’s December Classic Week realises £54,197,621
Christie’s December Classic Week closed on 15 December, with its 17
sales achieving a superb combined total of £54,197,621. Bidding was
strong throughout, with participation from 63 countries and a 57%
increase in registered bidders on last year’s season, resulting in
excellent average sell-through rates of 86% by value and 76% by lot.
Sales were led by El Greco’s Saint Francis and Brother Leo in
Meditation, which made £6,871,250, the second highest price for the
artist at auction, while the Old Masters Evening Sale also saw a new
auction record for Bartholomäus Spranger, whose Mercury carrying
Psyche to Mount Olympus sold for more than five times its high
estimate at £3,368,750. There was also particularly robust bidding in
the first ever standalone Gold Boxes sale, which achieved a 93% sellthrough
rate by lot, and the online sale of the Astor collection, which
achieved a 100% sell-through rate by value.
Following these exceptional successes, we are now accepting
consignments to our Classic Weeks in New York and London in April
and July next year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a free and
confidential valuation, or to discuss the market.
Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation becomes the second highest price paid for a work by El Greco at auction in £54.1 million sales series
Two sales of Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art, and European & Orientalist Art, offered on 13 and 14 December
The rediscovered masterpiece sells for $450,312,500 — a new world auction record for any work of art — at Christie’s in New York
From record-breakers to national treasures, landscape-changing works offered in our salerooms over the last 251 years
The life and friendships of Louis Abrahams, one of Australian art’s great early patrons
How the Dutch master’s self-portrait etchings reflected his fortunes through the years — illustrated with works offered on 14 December
Art historian Jacky Klein discusses the devotional power of this 16th-century masterpiece
Explore our display of works by El Greco, Rembrandt, Van Ruisdael, Brueghel the Younger and many more
The only known sketch in oil that outlines the final composition for Delacroix’s greatest work
From Venetian vs Florentine foundries to patina and whether or not to polish — specialist Milo Dickinson is your guide
Antiquities specialist admires a 4,000-year-old representation of an Egyptian noble woman
A closer look at a superb array of aquamaniles — bronze water vessels used in the Middle Ages
Interior designer Ashley Hicks discusses his unique aesthetic as he shows us around his London apartment
Specialist Kay Sutton looks at the Ripley Scroll, a 17th-century alchemical treatise
Appraising the pioneering South African artist, whose 1946 masterpiece, The Watussi Chief’s Wife, is offered in London
Philip Astor recounts the history of Tillypronie, the Scottish sporting estate which has hosted monarchs, politicians, writers and artists
Japanese film legend Tatsuya Nakadai explains how he learned to play some of the greatest Samurai roles of all time
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The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller
With a commitment of sale proceeds to charities, the Rockefellers continue their long legacy of philanthropy. Christie’s has been selected to manage the Spring 2018 auction of more than 2,000 items