Online, 2–19 June 2020
This June, Christie’s will present Classic Week as an online-only series of seven auctions. Engage with timeless and elegant pieces from antiquity to the 20th century — culled from several distinguished private collections and our Antiquities, Books and Manuscripts, 19th Century European Art and Old Masters departments. Highlights include a Greek bronze Corinthian helmet, a rare first newspaper printing of the Star-Spangled Banner, the original art by George Hardie for Led Zeppelin’s debut album, a painting by Corot once owned by Renoir and a strong group of rediscoveries including a portrait of Rembrandt by an anonymous artist in his studio.
All sales open on 2 June, but the online sales will begin to close in rolling order from 16‒19 June, starting with the Antiquities sale and Ancient Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. The online experience will feature enhancements, including a relative size and scale viewer for all sales and a virtual gallery view for the European Art and Old Master Paintings and Sculpture sales. Discover and bid on an array of extraordinary works that exemplify and define standards of refinement, form and craftsmanship. In the meantime, please browse the sales online and explore our related features.
International Head of Antiquities G. Max Bernheimer surveys some magnificent examples, while Hannah Solomon offers an expert introduction
Ancient jewellery styles are in vogue, but original pieces that can be thousands of years old are surprisingly affordable
Including the first newspaper publication of The Star Spangled Banner
A guide to bidding online or by telephone with Christie’s
All of Christie’s auctions are fully accessible for online browsing and bidding, meaning you can easily place a bid from the comfort of your home through Christie’s LIVE™, or alternatively by telephone. In 2019, over half of all bids placed were online, and for live auctions, telephone bids made up 41 per cent of winning bids versus 18 per cent within the saleroom — so you’re in good company.
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