Founded by James Christie in London in 1766, Christie's is the world's leading auction house. It joined the Artémis Group in 1998.
Christie's offers its clients a comprehensive and bespoke range of services, from auctions (physical and online) and private treaty sales (its core business) to art valuation, luxury real estate and art education.
Christie's has a physical presence in nearly 50 countries worldwide, with four main auction rooms in New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris. It is also the only international auction house authorised to hold sales in mainland China.
Christie's auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from a few hundred euros to more than 100 million euros. In recent years, a number of Christie's auctions have achieved world record prices for artworks. Christie's is also recognised as an international benchmark for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.
Technological innovation is a Christie's priority, and its online art sales have developed strongly to the point where they now contribute half the company's sales. Hybrid auctions involving multiple Christie's sales rooms around the world are also delivering strong growth. In 2021, Christie's became the first international auction house to offer a digital artwork accompanied by an NFT.
Christie's is committed to promoting sustainability across its business by achieving its target to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, and by using the power of its brand in the art world to work for equity, diversity and inclusivity.