Christie’s leads the market for old master paintings at public auction and by private sale.
In 2017 Christie’s made art market history, selling Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi for $450 million, more than double the previous record for any work of art sold at auction. In 2016 Christie’s negotiated the private sale of a pair of Rembrandt portraits for a record price of €160 million. In addition to these two extraordinary transactions, Christie's achieved the highest auction prices for old master paintings sold in London, New York and Paris in 2017. This followed the highest auction price achieved for any old master painting in 2016: £45 million for Rubens’ Lot and his Daughters.
Christie's has achieved these successes by redefining old masters for the 21st century global art market. The ground-breaking sale of Salvator Mundi in the New York Post-War and Contemporary Art auction followed Christie's innovation in presenting old masters and 20th century masterpieces together in the Defining British Art concept sale in London, and the Loaded Brush private-selling exhibition in Hong Kong. This strategy has attracted major new buyers from the contemporary art world and from Asia.
Not every old master costs tens of millions of pounds. The specialness, rarity, depth, craft and value of 500 years of art history can be collected for as little as £10,000.
Christie’s holds old master auctions in London in July and December, in New York in April and October, and in Paris in June.
Please contact our specialists if you would like to discuss selling or buying in this vibrant market.