Why buy with Christie’s


The mention of an art auction can conjure images of fast-talking auctioneers, adrenaline-fueled bidding and eleventh-hour drama. And while we think that’s the fun part, it can also feel intimidating to a first-time collector. In reality, bidding has never been more accessible, whether you want to attend a live auction at one of Christie’s auction houses around the world, or simply bid online from the comfort of your home. Our aim is to provide every client with the best buying experience possible.

From discovering the objects you love, to purchasing and getting them home, we’ve listed why you can buy confidently at Christie’s:

  • Specialists at your service

    Our specialist teams, spanning more than 60 collecting categories, are here to advise new and experienced collectors alike
  • We’re closer than you think

    We have a global network of exceptional staff in 32 countries around the world
  • There are always opportunities to buy

    We hold around 350 auctions every year, and our private sales team can help you find a specific item outside the auction calendar
  • We’ve done the hard work

    Every item we sell is meticulously researched by our world-class specialists, so when the sale approaches, you can bid confidently

Our process includes:

  • Authentication

    Our specialists evaluate each item to ensure objects purchased through Christie’s are authentic
  • Provenance

    We review ownership history, supporting documents and relevant databases to ensure a smooth title transfer
  • Condition reporting

    Every item comes with a condition report outlining its condition at time of sale, although we always recommend viewing items in person where possible
  • Pricing

    Our specialist teams expertly assess the market value for each item and assign an estimate range to give you guidance on what we think it will sell for

Explore our step-by-step guide on bidding and buying in our auctions.