This October, Christie’s New York will present Classic Week, a group of nine auctions that curate the eternal dialogue on art from antiquity to the 20th century. Dive into an array of extraordinary artwork and objects, from old master paintings and ancient Greek sculpture to rare books and distinctive artifacts such as Miles Davis’s trumpet.
Sales run from 25–29 October with viewings from 18 October.
About the lot
Works Sold to Benefit The Mougins Museum of Classical Art
Contemporary jazz star Keyon Harold on the thrill of playing the jazz legend’s iconic instrument
Photographer Douglas Kirkland recalls on the night in 1961 he ‘made magic’ with Marilyn Monroe
Reflecting a love triangle that changed British art, Proserpine comes to auction in New York
John Nash's incredible story was told in the Oscar-winner, A Beautiful Mind. His Nobel Prize for Economics is offered in New York
Fragrance designer Dawn Goldworm describes the challenge of creating a unique sensory experience for the Rockefeller Galleries
British art collector Chris Levett shows us around his French museum and home
What Oscar Wilde’s note to poet Pierre Louÿs inside this rare first edition tells us about their tumultuous relationship
Dashiell Hammett's biographer pays tribute to the crime writer who transformed US literature
Specialist Will Strafford has some expert tips for first-time buyers of historic French clocks
The last painter of the Grand Style, leader of the Romantics, prominent Orientalist and, during his lifetime, France’s most revered artist
Insights into the enduring appeal of works that were sculpted some 5,000 years ago. Illustrated with pieces offered on 28 October
EXHIBITION: Classic Week — A sensory experience
To add to the multidimensional viewing experience at our Rockefeller Center galleries, the creators behind 12.29 introduced a bespoke scent evocative of the artworks, adding an olfactory adventure to Classic Week. Join us at our Rockefeller Center galleries in New York from 18 October.
New York, Rockefeller Center
18 Oct, 10am - 5pm
19 Oct, 10am - 5pm
20 Oct, 1pm - 5pm
21 Oct, 10am - 5pm
22 Oct, 10am - 5pm
23 Oct, 10am - 5pm
24 Oct, 10am - 5pm
SHORT COURSE: New Frameworks for Old Masterpieces
28 October, 10am - 4pm
This one-day course offered by Christie's Education explores the history of European painting in the context of the Christie’s Old Masters evening sale in May. You will embark on an exploration of early Renaissance, progressing through the great innovators of the High Renaissance and Baroque periods. Along the way you will discover the principle themes that connect many of the most vital artists and masterpieces in Western art history. Your journey will conclude with a look at the technical masters of the European academies followed by an exclusive guided preview of the sale by a Christie’s specialist.