New York and Online, 1–20 October 2020
Christie’s Classic Week, the hybrid series of ten live and online auctions offering timeless and elegant pieces from antiquity to the 20th century, totalled US$73,753,500. The event witnessed global participation with over six continents and 52 countries reporting and helping to drive 48% of lots over their high estimates.
The top lot of Classic Week was Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’ that sold for US$9,978,000 during the Exceptional Sale, breaking the world auction record for any work of literature.
The Antiquities live sale started the week with 83% sold by lot and the Attic Red-figured Kylix, attributed to Makron, setting an auction record for an attic vase with US$1,830,000. European Art supported the week with the strong sale of Carl Spitzweg’s Der Hexenmeister that sold for US$1,230,000 — more than four times its low estimate.
Private collections witnessed exceptional results as The Private Collection of Jayne Wrightsman soared to US$8,869,000 after eight hours of live bidding and its online sale following with 100% sold by lot. The Martin Feldstein Collection: Dutch Art in the Golden Age continued the trend with 90% sold by lot.
Old Masters continued with the standout live sale of Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Lucretia that realised US$5,070,000 after competitive bidding from three phone and two online bidders. Old Masters Paintings and Sculpture closed the week online with US$2,954,125, including the sale of The Virgin and Child by an early 16th-century Netherlandish master that exceeded its estimate of US$30,000‒50,000 to realize US$212,500. Both top lots from the Old Masters genre were offered by the Brooklyn Museum and sold to support their Museum Collections.
We look forward to welcoming you to our upcoming Classic Week sales online and live in London beginning 13 November.
The Private Collection of Jayne Wrightsman
New York & Online | 1-15 October 2020
Explore the collection of Mrs. Wrightman, a paragon of sophistication, refinement and style. Featuring an array of Old Master paintings and eighteenth-century furniture, decorative arts and porcelain.
The Art of Living Beautifully
A discussion with Aerin Lauder, Founder & Creative Director, AERIN and Style & Image Director, Estée Lauder and Stellene Volandes, Editor in Chief, Town & Country Magazine. Moderated by Gemma Sudlow, Head of Private and Iconic Collections, Christie’s New York
Join Christie’s Deputy Chairman Bonnie Brennan and panelists as they offer insight into Jayne Wrightsman’s life and legacy, while also discussing the importance of collectors in preserving French heritage.
A 360-degree view of exceptional pieces on offer this October in Classic Week New York
An incredibly rare complete copy of Shakespeare’s ‘First Folio’
An inscribed Selmer trumpet, used by jazz legend Louis Armstrong in the early 1950s, is offered in The Exceptional Sale on 14 October
Why John Walker, former director of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., called it ‘unsurpassed on this side of the Atlantic’
The New York heiress and businesswoman discusses the art of entertaining — illustrated with lots from the private collection of Jayne Wrightsman
Why this extraordinary Ming carpet is one of the best examples ever seen at auction
This Attic red-figured kylix could be about to eclipse a landmark figure set 20 years ago, says Harry Seymour
The artist’s portraits of ‘dangerously independent women’ raised eyebrows in Belle Epoque Europe. Now his enigmatic works are in demand once more
A rare manuscript — very likely the one that Kennedy seems to be focused on in this photograph — is offered 60 years on from that historic occasion
Abby and George O’Neill built on the Rockefeller tradition of combining fine art collecting with philanthropic endeavours
A 360-degree view of our online sale
Insights into the enduring appeal of works that were sculpted some 5,000 years ago. Illustrated with pieces offered at Christie’s
From applique and back splats to veneering and wingbacks, an essential glossary of furniture terms
Why your first Old Master acquisition doesn't have to be a Rubens or a Rembrandt
How to read the changing faces of Roman busts across the centuries
Our International Head of Antiquities surveys some magnificent examples
A guide to the art and artists from an era characterised by high fashion, optimism and prosperity
Specialist Will Strafford looks at some of the key names of the period, from Boulle to Riesener, Carlin, Cressent and Vandercruse
Browse a selection of works available for immediate purchase
Decorative Arts & Antiquities
Books and Science
European and British Art
Dalva Brothers: Parisian Taste In New York
New York | 22 October
The family firm of Dalva Brothers has been a fixture in New York as the go-to source for the best in 18th century French furniture and decorative arts for the past eighty years, selling to collectors and to museums including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Versailles and the Louvre.
Discovering Old Masters: The Legacy of Piero Corsini
Online | 23 September – 7 October
Piero Corsini (1938-2001) was an inveterate buyer at auctions at both ends of the scale, buying major recognised paintings as well as lower value works which caught his ever inquisitive eye. The paintings in this sale, many of which have been stored away since his death, are part of Piero Corsini’s legacy and his journey of discovery in Old Master Paintings.