Christie’s is one of the most famous and popular auction houses worldwide, known by its centenary experience and international glamour. Since 1766, year of its foundation by James Christie, this renowned house has performed some of the most famous auctions. Each year, Christie’s holds an average of 400 auctions, distributed throughout 80 different categories, with its focus on paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, jewelry, photography, wines and collectable items. Picasso, Mondrian and Warhol’s paintings are some of the most emblematic auctions ever made. Besides, Christie’s also has its emphasis in the field of private sales with highlights on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Master and Jewelry.
Out of Ordinary, one of the most peculiar categories, celebrates the singularity of the unconventional, incorporating some of the most intriguing items in human’s history. For a quick glance inside this mysterious category, see the most expensive pieces that Christie’s ever auctioned.
BERNARD BUFFET – Le Regard (1928-1999)
Executed in 1967 and acquired from the family of Jean Marie Rivière, this work was “the stage curtain from the famous Paris orchestral cabaret club L’Alcazar, which was opened by Jean-Marie Rivière in 1968.” It was sold for £194,500 ($320,147).
ROYAL NAVY NORDENFELT
Acquired from The Infantry & Small Arms School Corp Weapons Collection , this piece was amongst the earliest design of mechanical repeating gun. Despite being deployed in some numbers, very few survive today. Nordenfelt was sold for £86,500 ($142,379).
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A Large Map of London – John Rocque, Published London: October 1746
This piece was the first “post-fire” map to be made since William Morgan’s plan of 1682. It was also the primary topographical record of mid-18th-century London. Sold for £86,500 ($142,379).
GEORGE V SILVER CIGAR BOX IN THE FORM OF AN ARCHITECTURAL MODEL
This unique cigar box was the winner’s prize for a private wager made on 4 January 1917 between the managing director and later chairman of Harrods and the owner of Selfridges. Geroge V Cigar Box was auctioned for £86,500 ($142,379).
A 42-INCH GERMAN GLOBE
This magnificent globe was developed in 1889 as the largest commercial globe ever made. Is was auctioned for £74,500 ($122,627).
Christie’s upcoming Out Of Ordinary sale will be held on September and will once again feature a fine selection of fascinating items collected throughout the history.
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