The Collection of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Gutfreund

New York & Online, 14–29 January 2021

The live and online auctions of The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue totalled US$8,764,875. The two-day live auction saw strong global demand with participation from 29 countries covering five continents and achieved US$6,223,875 and a 132% hammer price against the sale total’s low estimate.

Many lots in the live sale surpassed their estimates such as Jan Massys’ Mary Magdalene that achieved more than three times its high estimate to reach US$537,500.

The three online auctions witnessed impressive engagement and attendance in reaction to the strong storytelling and imagery of The Gutfreund Collection.

The Art of Entertaining online sale began the online sale series with a white glove performance — 100% of lots sold and a 198% hammer price against the sale total’s low estimate to realise US$1,244,875. Selections from the Library continued the pace with standout lots such as the 1719 edition of Maria Sibylla Merian’s Dissertatio de generatione et metamorphosibus insectorum Surinamensium that sold for US$137,500. The series closed on a high note with Mrs. Gutfreund’s collection of Chanel fashion jewellery, achieving US$356,123 and a 262% hammer price against the sale total’s low estimate.

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Virtual tour

Virtual tour: The Collection of Mr. & Mrs. John H. Gutfreund 834 Fifth Avenue

Virtually step inside our Rockefeller Center galleries and discover English and French furniture; porcelain and silver; Russian cigar boxes from Mr. Gutfreund’s fumoir; cherished dinner services; a wide variety of French bindings and literature; and the striking, storied jewels of Mrs. Gutfreund that reflect her cultured taste and trained eye.

Special event

Decoding a Room: The Winter Garden in the Gutfreund Apartment at 834 Fifth Avenue
19 January, 2pm EST | Live on Zoom

In conversation with
Susan Gutfreund and Will Strafford, Christie’s Specialist
Moderated by Steele Marcoux, Editor-in-Chief of VERANDA

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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.