What We Offer
We recognize that every institution is unique. Our team implements best practices honed over our decades-long history and we understand that the scope and goals of each project are singular and specific. Consequently, we craft solutions tailored to your particular needs, guiding you through the process every step of the way.
Assistance with Selling
We present your artworks in the marketplace to maximize their potential, while partnering with you to ensure a clear message reflective of your goals is communicated around your sales.
Assistance with Buying
Whether at auction or through private sale, our team partners with you to ensure the acquisition process is streamlined. We keep museum 'wish lists' so that we can provide generous advance notice when relevant works will be appearing on the market. We have knowledge of artworks in private collections throughout the world and often approach collectors who may be interested in selling privately to institutions. We are sensitive to timing issues unique to institutions and are pleased to facilitate extended payment packages, loans and cash advances on a case-by-case basis.
Christie’s provides appraisals for a variety of purposes, including insurance, charitable donations and fair market value for financial planning. In addition, we provide assistance with the Federal Indemnity process. Our Museum Services team handles numerous indemnity appraisals each year, with recent highlights including Joan Mitchell at the Baltimore Museum of Art and SFMOMA; City of Cinema: Paris 1850–1907 at LACMA; New York: 1962–1964 at The Jewish Museum; Van Gogh in America at the Detroit Institute of Arts and Surrealism Beyond Borders at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Special Events and Programs
Christie’s offers a broad spectrum of programming to suit your institution’s individual needs. Our specialists around the world regularly take part in virtual and in-person lectures and symposia at museums and universities, and many of them also serve as charity auctioneers, helping to raise millions each year in support of various causes. We frequently host museum groups for exclusive tours, work with museum staff to create bespoke events and webinars for top patrons and secure access to global private collections for exclusive tours. We also partner on fundraising events at Christie’s, online, or at your institution, and host museum board meetings in our galleries and boardrooms around the world.
Research and Access to Sales
Our beautifully illustrated, exceptionally well-researched sales information can serve as useful reference materials, providing scholarly background for upcoming exhibitions or for use as a guide to future acquisitions. Our team can arrange complimentary access to the collecting categories of your choice.
Facilitating Loan Requests
Christie’s maintains an unparalleled network of top collectors around the world with whom we have fostered strong relationships. We are pleased to use this position to match institutions seeking works for upcoming exhibitions with collectors who are interested in placing their art on view for public enrichment and enjoyment.