Christie’s is the world’s oldest fine art auctioneer and has sold fine art, furniture, jewellery and wine since 1766, when James Christie conducted the very first sale in London. Since then, Christie’s has continued to build its reputation as the perfect backdrop for the sales of the world’s finest collections and greatest works of art before their auction.
It was in 1823 when Christie’s moved to its global headquarters at 8 King Street, St. James’s, which remains to be its London headquarters. The photo above shows the doors by which the precious items arrive and depart.
Currently Christie’s is the world’s largest fine art auctioneer, with sales for the first half of 2012, some £2.79 billion, representing the highest total for a corresponding period in company and art market history. And to think, it all started in London.
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