With a 57% increase in registered bidders from Classic Week December 2016
The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire totalled £3,748,750 selling 96% by lot and 99% by value
London – Christie’s London Classic Week sales in December 2017 collectively realised £54,197,621/ $72,571,772/ €61,463,718, selling 86% by value and 76% by lot. With strong online participation throughout, the December Classic Week sales attracted a 57% increase in registered bidders from the 2016 series and witnessed global participation from 63 countries, up 19% on last December. Comprising 17 live auctions and online sales, spanning Japanese works of Art, the Decorative Arts, Antiquities, Old Masters, Books and Manuscripts, Victorian, Pre-Raphaelite and British Impressionist Art, 19th Century Works of Art, Australian Art and Topographical Pictures along with The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire, the sales were led by El Greco’s Saint Francis and Brother Leo in Meditation, from the Collection of Stanford Z. Rothschild, Jr., which sold for £6,871,250/ $9,186,861/ €7,785,126, becoming the second highest price for the artist at auction. Further highlights included Le 28 juillet – la liberté guidant le peuple, 1830 by Eugène Delacroix which realised £3,128,750 (estimate: £700,000 – 1,000,000) and the long-lost copy of Darwin’s sheets of the third edition of On the Origin of Species with autograph revisions which sold for £788,750 (estimate: £300,000 – 500,000). The Astor Collection from Tillypronie, Aberdeenshire totalled £3,748,750/ $5,030,204/ €4,259,903, selling 99% by value and 96% by lot.