Classic Week at Christie’s London totalled £42,227,750
Celebrating art from antiquity to the 20th century, Classic Week at Christie’s London totalled £42,227,750 across five live auctions and five online-only auctions this November and December.
The livestreamed Old Masters Evening Sale on 15 December sold 97% by value and 86% by lot, one of the strongest results for a sale of its kind. Competitive bidding from 20 countries saw six new artist auction records set, with Jan Davidsz. de Heem’s A banquet still life achieving the highest price (in GBP) for any still-life painting in the Old Master category.
Top prices were also achieved by an exquisite Frans van Mieris on copper and Vanvitelli’s panoramic view of Venice, both of which more than doubled their low estimates. Domenicho Ghirlandaio’s Salvator Mundi instigated a bidding war, resulting in the work achieving more than six times the low estimate.
The live Antiquities sale on 16 December was 84% sold by value, headlined by a Roman marble figure of Dionysus — last seen in Christie’s saleroom 100 years ago — which realised £862,500.
Carefully assembled private collections continue to resonate with buyers: The Joe Setton Collection: from Pre-Raphaelites to Last Romantics and Italian Drawings From The Robert Landolt Collection were 86% and 89% sold by value respectively.
We are now inviting consignments to our 2021 auctions.
Following the encouraging results, we are now welcoming consignments for our next Classic Week auction series, which will take place in New York in April 2021. To learn more or to schedule a complimentary and confidential valuation of your property, we invite you to get in touch with one of our specialists or try our online auction estimate service.
Virtual tour: Classic Week at Christie’s London
A 360-degree view of our second group of Classic Week sales, including exceptional antiquities and a rich array of paintings, sculpture and works on paper from our Old Masters Evening Sale. Explore the very best in classic art, from a Roman marble herm of Dionysus, last seen in Christie’s saleroom 100 years ago, to a magnificent De Heem still life of a banquet.
Browse a selection of works available for immediate purchase
Decorative Arts & Antiquities
Books and Science
European and British Art
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.