Christie’s announces their expansion of their global calendar of online-only sales

THERE has been a significant worldwide change in how our society now functions due to this devastating pandemic. Art collectors have switched from discovering masterpieces on foot, to turning on their computers and spending time learning about the pieces of art they wish to purchase. Christie’s have announced their expansion of their online-only sale offerings across multiple categories from April through to the end of May. One notable auction will be Andy Warhol: Better Days, a fundraising auction that will aid emergency relief to artists in America and HANDPICKED: 100 Work Selected by the Saatchi Gallery.

Andy Warhol: Better Days – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. [2020]

Christie’s will be launching a collection of online-only sales on a weekly basis with each timed auction ranging from 14 to 21 days. The number of auctions uploaded will begin to grow in the coming weeks as administration capabilities of the Christie’s teams across the globe expand. Every sale catalogue will be available 24 hours a day and accessible on every type of device, with updates for bidders can be received via e-mail, text or the Christie’s app.

Not only does this transfer from auction room to online bidding benefit the current situation and its restrictions, it has a positive environmental impact due to the reduction in paper waste. Jennifer Zatorski, President of Christie’s America explains “Our sustained commitment over the last decade to proprietary technology allows us to lead the field in integrated digital capabilities” as they’ve seen a 50% cut in printed materials, and therefore increased their investment in digital initiatives.

by Imogen Clark

A selection of upcoming sales include: Contemporary Art Asia (April 21-30), Art of China (May 21-28), Handbags (May 20 – June 3), Walker Evans: An American Master Photographs Sale (April 21-29).

To view the full Christie’s online-only sales, click here

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