UPDATED AS OF 31 MARCH 2020
As previously announced on 19 March, Christie’s has undertaken a global review of its spring and summer auction calendar in light of precautionary closures and travel restrictions. We remain committed to addressing the ongoing situation, including the reduction of non-essential business activities. Our thoughts are with all those directly affected by the virus.
Our teams are working swiftly to reschedule postponed auctions to later dates, while confirming a revised calendar of online-only sales. Key marquee weeks on the auction calendar were announced in a first phase announcement on 19 March; a second phase of key sale announcements for Christie’s three sale platforms (Auction, Online-Only, Private Sales) appears below.
Please note: dates for all auctions remain provisionary by necessity, and Christie’s will continue to adapt its activities and operations and take all precautions advised by the World Health Organization (WHO). Our foremost priority is to act in the best interest of our colleagues, clients and our communities.
Our colleagues remain at your disposal by email, telephone and other virtual means to offer assistance and answer questions.
In this time, we know that the art and objects entrusted to Christie’s can be a source of enrichment and enjoyment. Please visit our website where you’ll find a rich diversity of free videos, interviews, educational materials and images.
For a full updated listing of global auction sales, including the marquee weeks previously announced, please visit our Calendar.
Note all sale dates are current as of 31 March, and will be updated again as conditions may change.
Private Sales updates
Christie’s Private Sales is a dedicated service for the purchase and sale of fine art, decorative objects, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar. An updated virtual gallery of available artworks is now online, with new enhanced Viewing Rooms for browsing specific art and objects:
• Post-War and Contemporary Art
• Impressionist and Modern Art
• Handbags & Accessories
Online-only sale updates
Christie’s teams are working to present an expanded calendar of online-only format sales for spring and summer. Below are initial confirmed sales, with more categories to be announced in the coming days:
• Wine & Spirits Online (open now for bidding)
• Pavilion Online: Chinese Art
• Handbags & Accessories
Offices update as of 31 March
In Asia, Christie’s offices are working on the following amended schedule:
• Closed, working remotely: Tokyo, Jakarta, Mumbai
• Open by appointment, working remotely: Bangkok, Singapore
• Open, with some staff working remotely: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing
• Open with reduced hours: Seoul
In Europe, all London offices will remain closed with staff working remotely for at least three weeks subsequent to UK government advice. All other EMEA offices are closed with staff working remotely until further notice.
In the Americas, Christie’s salerooms and offices are closed with staff working remotely until further notice.
PREVIOUS UPDATES – PRECAUTIONARY CLOSURES
CHRISTIE’S ANNOUNCES SPRING AUCTION UPDATES FOR AMERICAS, EUROPE AND ASIA
Following Christie’s announcement on 13 March in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, the company has completed the first phase of a global review to revise the Spring and Summer auction schedule in the Americas and Europe.
CHRISTIE’S CONFIRMS PRECAUTIONARY CLOSURES, SALE POSTPONEMENTS IN EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AMERICAS
Christie’s continues to monitor all global developments related to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, including adherence to the recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO). The health and well-being of our employees and our clients remains our highest priority.