Christie’s Post War & Contemporary Art sales week Top Lot Sold at Auction this Week: Francis Bacon’s Rent Cheque Painting Study from the Human Body, Man Turning on the Light Sold for £8,084,500 / $16,371,113 / €11,528,497
* Christie’s The Italian Sale - 20th Century Art held in October 2006 totalled £15,657,600 ($29,029,190 / €23,188,905), the highest ever total for this sale in London.
Christie’s Post-War & Contemporary Art
Christie’s is the leading marketplace internationally for Post-War and Contemporary Art with global sales in 2006 totalling £442 million/$822 million. Christie’s New York Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale in May 2006 became the most valuable auction ever in the category, and the second highest art auction in history totalling $384,654,400. In June 2007, the highest ever European sale total for Post-War and Contemporary Art was achieved at Christie’s London when the evening sale realised £74.1 million /$147.3 million.
Christie’s is the world's leading art business with global auction sales in 2006 that totalled £2.51 billion / $4.67 billion. Worldwide sales for the first half of 2007 totalled £1.63 billion / $3.25 billion, an increase of 32% by £ and 45% by $ from the same period last year and highest half year sales ever in art market history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service, and international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 600 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine and more. Prices range from $200 to over $80 million. Christie’s has 85 offices in 43 countries and 14 salerooms around the world including London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Tel Aviv, Dubai and Hong Kong. Most recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging markets such as China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Dubai, Mumbai and Russia. Christie's also offers its clients worldwide access to its sales through Christie's LIVE™, its unique, real-time online bidding service.
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