Private & Iconic Collections

Exceptional prices

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    QUEEN ANNE’S GATE: WORKS FROM THE ART COLLECTION OF STING & TRUDIE STYLER

    24 February 2016

    Private sales

    "This result, which doubled pre-sale expectations, is a testament to the informed eye of Sting and Trudie Styler. Works from the Art Collection that they so lovingly displayed at their former family home at Queen Anne's Gate attracted international interest at Christie's, with registered bidders from 35 countries across 5 continents competing for works dating from the 17th to the 21st century. The Sale was led by Ben Nicholson's 'March 55 (amethyst)' which doubled its pre-sale high estimate, realising £1,022,500, and Sting's Steinway grand piano also sparked fiercely competitive bidding, realising £116,500.” (Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collections & Country House Sales)

    Price realised:

    GBP 3,006,813 

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    MRS THATCHER: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION BARONESS THATCHER

    15 December 2015

    Private sales

    “The market’s response to these historic sales, both the online-only sale and the traditional auction, was remarkable, with the overall result for the Mrs Thatcher collection far exceeding pre-sale expectations. Clients from all over the world seized this once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire items which gave insights into both the public and private life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, who was a political giant on the world stage. These sales continue Christie’s long tradition of offering notable private collections, taking place over 200 years after James Christie, founder of Christie’s, negotiated the landmark sale of the magnificent art collection of Great Britain’s first Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole to Catherine the Great in 1779.” (Adrian Hume-Sayer, Head of Sale)

    Price realised:

    GBP 4,516,038 

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    MICHAEL INCHBALD: A LEGACY OF DESIGN

    22 January 2014

    Private sales

    “We are thrilled with the result of this sale, which was a testament to the discerning taste and impeccable eye of Michael Inchbald, a highly respected, award-winning innovator of the design world. His eclectic collection included exceptional works of art across multiple collecting categories including antiquities, sculpture, old master paintings and European furniture and works of art; resulting in outstanding prices throughout, with many lots exceeding their pre-sale estimates.” (Amelia Walker, Associate Director, Private Collections & Country House Sales)

    Price realised:

    GBP 3,280,675 

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    A LIFE'S DEVOTION: THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE MRS TS ELIOT

    20 November 2013

    Private sales

    “Valerie Eliot devoted her personal and professional life to the preservation of the memory of T.S. Eliot. A respected editor and dedicated philanthropist, the leitmotif of her collection was quality in every discipline. The strong result achieved by the sale of Valerie Eliot’s Collection is a testament to her discernment. The proceeds from the sale ensure that the Old Possum’s Practical Trust continues its important work supporting literary, artistic and theatrical projects and institutions.” (Gemma Sudlow, Associate Director, Private Collections & Country House Sales)

    Price realised:

    GBP 7,094,950 

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    THE COLLECTION OF PROFESSOR SIR ALBERT RICHARDSON, PRA

    18 September 2013

    Private sales

    “We are very pleased with the strong results of this marathon two day collection sale, the success of which is a testament to the life and work of a great collector, architect and historian, Professor Sir Albert Richardson. The untouched nature of the sale led to fierce competition for many of the lots and a busy saleroom, highlighting the continuing strength of demand for traditional decorative arts.” (Adrian Hume-Sayer, Associate Director, Private Collections & Country House Sales)

    Price realised:

    GBP 4,273,693 

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    A PALLADIAN VILLA – BY MICHAEL S SMITH

    24 April 2013

    Private sales

    “The auction was a success at every level with many of the decorative objects achieving a depth of bidding and realizing prices far beyond their estimates. Works by Sean Scully and François-Xavier Lalanne together with the De Trafford ‘Shrub’ carpet and a George II giltwood mirror led the outstanding results. This result is undoubtedly a testament to the creative genius of Michael S. Smith.” (Andrew McVinish, Head of Private & Iconic Collections, New York)

    Price realised:

    USD 6,470,438 

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    LIVING WITH ART – A PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

    9 February 2012

    Private sales

    "Collectors in today’s art market are no longer constrained to traditional collecting categories and are buying works of art with a focus on aesthetic quality, independent of origin or age. This trend was in great evidence this evening as we saw modern art collectors bidding for tribal art and furniture, and traditional collectors bidding for modern and contemporary pictures. It is a great testament to the vision, quality and taste of this private collection that it attracted such competitive and diverse international bidding at this evening’s sale." (Orlando Rock, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Europe)

    Price realised:

    GBP 32,845,763 

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    THE COWDRAY SALE: WORKS OF ART FROM COWDRAY PARK AND DUNECHT HOUSE

    15 September 2011

    Private sales

    “Christie’s has a long and distinguished history of important country house sales stretching back over 200 years. This sale illustrated the global appeal of the traditional British country house sale in the 21st century.The Pearson name and collecting legacy drew interest from all around the world with clients from 34 countries successfully buying in the sale.” (Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collection & Country House Sales, London and Gemma Sudlow, Specialist)

    Price realised:

    GBP 7,941,925 

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    THE SPENCER HOUSE SALE

    8 July 2010

    Private sales

    "Over hundreds of years the Spencer family have amassed one of the finest aristocratic collections in Britain, and we were honoured to have been able to present a small selection at Christie’s. The results reflect the enduring appeal of the Spencer family, and their discerning taste through successive generations.” (Orlando Rock, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Europe, and Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collection & Country House Sales, London)

    Price realised:

    GBP 4,857,750 

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    THE COLLECTION OF HRH THE PRINCESS MARGARET

    14 June 2006

    Private sales

    "This historic and unparalleled sale generated extraordinary interest from around the world and the results are a wonderful testament to the style and glamour of one of the world's most beautiful Princesses." (Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collection & Country House sales, London)

    Price realised:

    GBP 4,052,408 

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    AXEL VERVOORDT, ANTWERP

    12 May 2004

    Private sales

    "Discerning connoisseurs, passionate collectors and style-conscious individuals battled to own objects that Axel Vervoordt had discovered on his voyages around the world." (Andrew Waters, Head of Private Collection & Country House sales, London)

    Price realised:

    EUR 5,912,958