Private & Iconic Collections

Since its foundation in 1766, Christie’s has staged some of the most significant and successful Private & Iconic Collections and Country House Sales in history from a diverse range of collectors including Royal and historic noble families, industrialists, actresses and fashion designers. Celebrated auctions include the sale Madame du Barry’s jewels in 1793, through to the 40-day Stowe sale in 1848, and to more recent triumphs for the Rothschild Family, the Rockefeller family, Karl Lagerfeld, Elizabeth Taylor, Yves Saint Laurent, Audrey Hepburn, George Michael and David Gilmour, alongside collections formed by internationally renowned interior designers such as, Axel Vervoordt, Alberto Pinto, Jacques Granges, Robert Kime and Michael S. Smith.

In 2018, The Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller in New York shattered world records for the highest ever total for a single collection, whilst London’s auction of The Personal Collection of Audrey Hepburn attracted global media attention. These sales embrace all fields, tastes and artistic endeavours, in all price ranges. The love affair that is ‘collecting’ – the magic of the objects, the evocative romance of past times and the styles of their owners – are all at the heart of Collection Sales. It is the reason they will always fascinate and inspire.

Christie's is the market leader in this field. We have a global specialist team based in London, New York and Paris, dedicated solely to the orchestration, promotion and execution of complex multi-category single owner collections, estates and iconic property, across all genres. We combine careful sale planning with creative marketing strategies and bespoke exhibition design to ensure that each collection achieves results many times above the original estimate, making Christie’s the auction house of choice to bring distinguished collections to market.