American Art

The Christie’s American Art department offers the finest paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the eighteenth through early twentieth centuries, including works of the Hudson River School, American Impressionism, the American West, Illustration and Modernism. Held twice a year in New York, our auctions attract a wide range of both private and institutional collectors.

Over the years, the American Art department at Christie’s has set more than 100 world records at auction, achieving record prices for important names ranging from Albert Bierstadt to Andrew Wyeth. In 2018, we sold an extraordinary $274 million of American Art at auction – a record year for the category at any auction house. This total included the $92 million result achieved for Edward Hopper’s painting Chop Suey – a new record price for any work ever sold in the category. Our team also has unmatched experience marketing important private collections, having recently represented the top 2 American Art collections ever sold at auction – The Barney A. Ebsworth Collection ($123 million) and The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller ($107 million). We once again sold the year’s most valuable private collection of American Art in 2020, with The Legend of the West: The T. Boone Pickens Collection achieving over $20 million.

As the consistent market leaders, our specialists are unrivalled in experience and expertise. With our leading position, beyond our successes at auction, Christie’s also frequently achieves exceptional returns via private sales of American Art, including top prices for Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and others.

Please do not hesitate to contact us for a free and confidential valuation or to discuss the market.