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Widening the lens of history

As the ideas and historical perspectives that shape the art world continue to evolve and change, Christie’s continues to adapt and to advance our own understanding and approach to our global business practices.

As part of this process, Christie's is committed not only to researching the provenance of objects, but also to understanding the history of the original sources of wealth used to acquire them, particularly when this wealth was built during the Nazi period from 1933-1945. As we widen the lens of our research, we are engaged in a current effort to broaden our cataloguing process.

In today’s increasingly complex environment, through essential research and important ongoing dialogue, we continue to learn more about the historical record which can best inform our processes and decisions.