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.
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 David Hockney at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Peacock in the Desert: The Royal Arts of Jodhpur, India at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Matisse and American Art at the Montclair Art Museum and Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
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 offers a broad spectrum of special events to suit your institution’s individual needs. Our specialists regularly take part in lectures and symposia at museums and universities, and many of them also serve as charity auctioneers, helping to raise millions of dollars each year in support of various causes. We also partner on fundraising events at Christie’s or at your institution, and host museum board meetings in our galleries and boardrooms. We frequently host museum groups for exclusive tours, work with museum staff to create events for top patrons and secure access to private collections for exclusive tours.
Our beautifully illustrated, exceptionally well-researched sale catalogues serve as useful reference materials, providing scholarly information for upcoming exhibitions or for use as a guide to future acquisitions. Our team can arrange complimentary catalogue subscriptions for 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.