The first six months of the year brought record-breaking financial results to Christie’s auction house – total sales rose by 26% to almost $ 4 billion versus $ 3.1 billion in the first half of 2017, Christie’s reports.
The main reason for success was the record sale of a number of auction auctions of David Rockefeller’s historic collection, which brought $ 835 million. Auction sales increased by 20% to $ 3.6 billion, while private sales showed an increase of 135% – $ 390.3 million
Particular importance is the growth of private sales, as last year it was recorded a decline of 66.5%. Internet sales also increased by 40% in half a year to $ 37.7 million. Over 55 lots were sold for more than $ 10 million. The most expensive lot was the picture of Pablo Picasso’s “Girl with a Flower Basket” (1905) that went For $ 115 million, with an estimate of $ 90 million. Also, auctioned records for Claude Monet ($ 84.7 million) and Henri Matisse ($ 80.1 million) were set.