London, 4 – 14 December
Classic Week at Christie’s London totalled £87,567,500 across 14 auctions this December.
Amongst the highlights was a rare drawing by Lucas van Leyden, which sold for £11,483,750 in Old Masters/New Scholars, soaring past its pre-sale estimate to set a new artist auction record. World auction record prices were achieved for significant Old Master artists, including Frans Hals and Judith Leyster, alongside the second highest price for Pieter Brueghel the Younger. Classic Week also saw exceptional results for collections, with The Eric Albada Jelgersma Collection Sale selling 91% by lot and 92% by value. Explore the individual sale results for Classic Week further below.
We are now accepting consignments for our 2019 Classic Week sales in New York and London. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free and confidential valuation, or to simply discuss the market.
Explore an array of extraordinary art and objects, from Roman marbles and rare drawings to Eric Albada Jelgersma’s remarkable collection of Dutch and Flemish paintings
Old Masters specialist Jonquil O’Reilly illuminates the story behind Anthony van Dyck’s sumptuous Portrait of Princess Mary, Daughter of King Charles I of England
Almost 400 lots from a collection that includes works by Hals, Van Dyck, Leyster, Snyders and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Specialist Stijn Alsteens discusses this portrait of a young man, one of only 28 surviving drawings by the artist
The remarkable memoir of a British naval officer who witnessed and recorded the historic events of 11 November, 1918
Highlights from Adventurous Spirit, a private collection sold across two auctions in December and February to benefit a charitable foundation
Christie’s UK Chairman Orlando Rock tell us more about this highly detailed souvenir, sculpted from fruitwood and aimed at Grand Tourists
Rugby School’s collection include works by Lucas van Leyden and Correggio, medieval manuscripts and important antiquities
This English figure of Christ is one of only two of its type known to have survived the 800-plus years since it was cast
As works by Pieter Brueghel the Younger, Jan Breughel the Elder and Jan Breughel the Younger comes to auction, we unpick art history’s most tangled family tree
Unknown to the public before now, Tryggve Gran’s journals provide a direct line from the present right back to Captain Scott’s frozen tent in 1912
Can you tell your tabatière from yourboîte-à-mouches? Specialist David McLachlan offers the ultimate guide to storing your snuff
Intriguing and affordable works by Goya, Guercino, Scolari, Aluisetti and Vico — offered in Christie’s online sale
Once unvalued, the Victorian painter is now the most expensive Pre-Raphaelite at auction and the subject of a major show at Tate Britain
The life and work of Simeon Solomon, the Pre-Raphaelite artist Burne-Jones described as ‘the best of us all’
Topographical pictures specialist Nicholas Lambourn discusses the rising interest in China for Chinese export paintings
Nine points for lovers of timeworn statuary to consider — from Venetian vs Florentine foundries to patina and whether or not to polish
The British artist was best known for his depiction of horses, but he was also a highly skilled portraitist
The Great Masters of European Art 1350-1850
Discover the essentials of European art history from 1350-1850 in these six lavishly-produced lessons. Over six weeks, the online course will take you from the Early Renaissance in Italy through to Romanticism in Britain, introducing you to the artists we call the great masters.
Date: 18 January – 7 March 2019