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How to buy at Christie’s

The mention of an art auction can conjure images of fast-talking auctioneers, adrenaline-fuelled bidding and eleventh-hour drama. And while we think that’s the fun part, it can also feel intimidating at first. In reality, buying art at Christie’s has never been easier or more accessible, whether you want to attend a live auction, bid online from the comfort of your home or purchase a piece directly from our private sales service.   

Why buy with Christie’s?

Buying with Christie's
  • Specialists at your service
    Our specialist teams, spanning more than 80 art and luxury categories, are here to advise new and experienced collectors alike.
  • We’re closer than you think
    We have a global network of exceptional staff in 46 countries around the world.
  • There are always opportunities to buy
    We hold about 350 auctions annually, and you can buy works all year round from our private sales service.
  • We’ve done the hard work
    Every item we sell is meticulously researched by our world-class specialists, so when the auction approaches, you can bid confidently.

Our process includes: 

Buying with Christie's
  • Authentication
    Our specialists evaluate each item to ensure objects purchased through Christie’s are authentic.
  • Provenance
    We review ownership history, supporting documents and relevant databases to ensure a smooth title transfer.
  • Condition reporting
    Every item comes with a condition report outlining its condition at time of auction, although we always recommend viewing items in person where possible.
  • Pricing
    Our specialist teams expertly assess the market value for each item and assign an estimate range to give you guidance on what we think it will sell for.