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.

Featured collection

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.

Virtual conversation

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

Christie's Education x Decorative Arts

Haute Homes: Preserving Heritage and the Legacy of Private Collections, The Jayne Wrightsman Collection

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.

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