£72,376,000 totalled across 14 auctions
Classic Week at Christie’s London finished on a spectacular total of £72,376,000. Beyond the 14 world auction records achieved for artists or mediums, the July auction series was notable for the variety and volume of registered bidders – heralding from 65 countries, with 10% growth year-on-year and strong online participation – bringing new energy to the saleroom.
The top lot, Hercules Overcoming Acheloüs by the Florentine sculptor Ferdinando Tacca, sold for £6,758,750 in The Exceptional Sale, whilst the Old Masters Evening Sale was headlined by Ludovico Carracci’s Portrait of Carlo Alberto Rati Opizzoni in armour, which achieved £5,071,250.
Outstanding results were seen for collections: a group of works by Thomas Rowlandson from the Collection of the late Baron Alain de Rothschild in the Old Master & British Drawings & Watercolours sale and a selection by Simeon Solomon from a private European collection in the Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite & British Impressionist Art sale were both 100% sold.
Classic Week also marked the 300th anniversary year of Thomas Chippendale’s birth with an auction dedicated to the furniture maker. The magnificent Dundas Sofas sold after sale for an undisclosed sum, exceeding the record price for Chippendale at auction.
Following these encouraging successes, we are now looking ahead to our upcoming Classic Week series in New York and London later this year. If you are interested in making a consignment and would like a free and confidential valuation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists.
About the lot
Property from a Private Collection
Explore an extraordinary array of objects from antiquity to the 20th century to be offered during Classic Week in London from 3–12 July
The most significant bronzes to come to market in years, and a scaled version of marbles from the gardens at Versailles
Antiquities specialist Claudio Corsi explains what this carved portrait from the 2nd century AD tells us about the tyrannical Roman leader
Specialist Sarah Reynolds spotlights a few of the key women artists whose work made waves in the Victorian era
The artistic director of The Grange Festival — a month-long staging of classic opera — selects his favourite works from Classic Week
This painting is one of only a handful of portraits by the artist of his daughter Clara Serena, who died aged just 12 years old
A look at the life, art and the scandal that engulfed Simeon Solomon, an artist described by Burne-Jones as ‘the best of us’
Until 21 July, an exhibition at Christie’s London explores religious themes in post-war and contemporary art
Our specialists look at three of Thomas Chippendale’s most famous pieces — two of the Dundas sofas and Sir Rowland Winn’s commode
Printed in Antwerp some 450 years ago for Philip II of Spain, the Plantin Polyglot bible — offered on 11 July
Why the 1655 print Ecce Homo is considered among the artist’s greatest achievements in any medium
Can you tell your tabatière from yourboîte-à-mouches? Specialist David McLachlan offers the ultimate guide to storing your snuff
Christie’s furniture specialists share the telltale techniques of Britain's greatest furniture-maker
Once the preserve of gods, full-length portraits have been historically used to boost the status of kings and commoners alike, as Andrew Graham-Dixon explains
To mark the 300th anniversary of Thomas Chippendale’s birth, experts discuss the life and legacy of Britain’s greatest cabinet-maker
International Head of Antiquities G. Max Bernheimer surveys some magnificent examples, while Laetitia Delaloye offers an expert introduction
Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination — the Costume Institute’s largest-ever exhibition at The Met — considers the Church’s influence on style
With its recent ‘love letter’ to Old Master paintings, the fashion house is tapping into a trend evident across many areas of culture
Through 21 July, a dedicated exhibition at Christie’s in London explores themes of religion, faith and divinity in post-war and contemporary art