The international Photographs department at Christie’s leads the market with outstanding collections, record-breaking sales results, and important private sales transactions. Over recent years we have broken many artist’s records including, notably, Richard Avedon’s with the sale of Dovima with Elephants, Evening Dress by Dior, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris, 1955 for 1.8M USD in 2020. Christie’s Photographs team also broke the long-standing record for most expensive classic photograph ever sold at auction with Man Ray’s Noire et Blanche selling in Paris for 3.1M USD in 2017.
Our track record with collection sales is unmatched in recent years evidenced by our handling of prestigious institutional auction series including property from The Museum of Modern Art offered through our innovative online platform, as well as three auctions of Ansel Adams photographs sold in association with Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
The sales team at Christie’s has set world auction records for some of the most important artists of the 20th century including Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Robert Frank, Man Ray, William Eggleston, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Eugène Atget, Irving Penn and Richard Misrach. As the market leader, we are committed to sourcing and selling the finest works of art with exceptional provenance to both private collectors and institutions, whether at auction or privately. Our connections to curators and institutions globally, as well as the world’s top collectors, is incomparable.