Exemplary client service and extensive experience are the two most important assets that have fueled Christie's success as an auction house. This commitment to excellence began in the auction house's early years when James Christie conducted his first sale on
5 December 1766.
Famed for his eloquence and humor, Christie turned auctioneering into a sophisticated art, conducting the greatest auctions of the 18th and 19th centuries.
Among the many milestones of Christie's auction house was Christie's successful negotiation with Catherine the Great, Empress of Russia, for the sale of Sir Robert Walpole's collection of paintings, which would become the Hermitage Museum Collection in St. Petersburg.
Since its founding, Christie's auctions have been major attractions on London's social agenda. Nothing has changed. Today, Christie's salerooms continue to be a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful.