WORLD AUCTION RECORDS TUMBLE AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK IMPORTANT OLD MASTERS SALE At Christie’s New York annual Important Old Master Paintings sale held today, exceptional prices were realized for a selection of highly sought-after pictures by leading masters
famously was painted by Hans Holbein the Younger for Henry VIII to view his future wife for the first time. The union between Sybille of Cleves and Johann Friedrich of Saxony was a far more successful union that the one between Anne and Henry, and seems to have been genuinely affectionate.
The David portrait of de Nogaret’s wife sold immediately after the sale, and the pair will remain together since being reunited by James Fairfax in 1995.
Christie’s is the world's leading art business with global auction sales in 2007 that totaled Ł3.1 billion/$6.3 billion. This marks the highest total in company and in art auction history. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as 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 in 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 and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.