The famous auction house is celebrating 250 years of existence. To mark this birthday, a sale is being organised on the theme of “Defining British Art”, in June and July 2016 in London.
This is an opportunity to go over the establishment’s exceptional longevity, conferring it with the status of an institution. Founded in London 250 years ago, Christie’s has continued to widen its reach worldwide. The first sales in the United States took place in 1970. Then the auction house arrived in Hong Kong in 1986, the Middle East in 2006, China and India in 2013. Since 2012, Christie’s has also embarked on the online market via its Christie’s LIVE platform. This birthday coincides with the celebration of 10 years in Dubai, and 30 years in Asia. Amongst the major lots, the sale will be presenting a family portrait by Lucian Freud (1992), a painting by Lord Frederic Leighton (1864) typical of the British aesthetic, and a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds (1778), placed on the market for the first time.
According to Jussi Pylkkänen, global president of Christie’s International: “On the night of 30 June here in London we will hold a landmark sale of major paintings and sculpture to celebrate our 250th year. The auction will be the first sale of its kind to span four centuries of great British painting from Sir Joshua Reynolds to Frederic, Lord Leighton and Lucian Freud. Our specialists from across the globe have worked together to curate what promises to be a fascinating overview of the very best of British Art.”