This May Christie’s launches two new sale concepts VICE and VIRTUE, the latest in a series of thematic online auctions from the Post-War and Contemporary Art department. Representing the two opposing sides of human nature, VICE captures the myriad ways of worldly escape in its selection, reflecting our long-held humanistic tendency to chase pleasure, while VIRTUE turns inward, featuring art indicative of hope, wisdom, happiness and warmth from worlds both real and imagined. With works by Barbara Kruger, Mel Ramos, Andy Warhol and Jean Dubuffet, the sales offer a reprieve from our new reality and celebrate the human spirit in these extraordinary times.
Alongside our Post-War and Contemporary Art Online sales, Christie’s is presenting as a special addition the Mark Seliger: RADArt4Aid online auction on 28 May, a partnership between RAD, an organization that facilitates celebrities advocating for charitable causes, and the famed American photographer. Seliger’s iconic portraits of Tom Hanks, Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, among others, will be sold to support a charity of the celebrity’s choosing under the umbrella cause of COVID-19 relief.
We invite you to explore highlights from the sales online and in our virtual Viewing Room. Please do not hesitate to contact us for more information about the sales, or to discuss the market.
About the lot
Highlights from our Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions, to be offered online 12 May - 12 June
From 28 May-17 June, prints of selected photographs are to be offered online in RADArt4Aid in conjunction with Christie’s
From Campbell’s Soup Cans to the Velvet Underground, and everything in between — illustrated with stellar works offered this season
Leading specialists, gallerists and dealers advise on making that first foray into the contemporary art market
A tondo that reaches across 500 years of art history to connect Botticelli, Raphael and Ingres to the Smurfs and SpongeBob SquarePants
Online Auctions: A guide to bidding and buying
Christie’s online-only auctions offer selected works at attractive price points, spanning fine and decorative art, jewellery, wine, watches and other luxury items. Auctions are open for bidding over an extended time period—usually 14-21 days—on our digital platform, easily accessible from a computer or mobile phone, which means you can bid 24 hours a day regardless of location.
Post-War and Contemporary Art Private Sales
A special preview of items available for immediate purchase through Christie’s Private Sales service. Explore works by Andy Warhol, Sean Scully, Alexander Calder, Josef Albers, Jean-Michel Basquiat and more.