Today in History - December 5th. 1766 - First Christie's auction

On December 5th. 1766, the first auction of James Christie took place at rooms
in the Pall Mall in London.

James Christie - Source picture: Wikipedia


Although the official company literature stated that December 5th. 1766
was the first Christie's auction there were mentions that James Christie
rented earlier rooms for sales (even in 1762).

However Christie's soon established a strong reputation as a leading
auction house. 

Christie's main saleroom is located on King Street in
St. James's in London where it has been based since 1823.
In 1977 Christie's opened a branch on New York's Park Avenue.

peep @ Christie's - Source picture: Wikipedia


During all those years there were a lot of remarkable auctions.
Even possessions of Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci, Napoleon
and Diana, Princess of Wales were sold. 

Nowadays Christie's had 85 offices in 43 countries.
Isn't that amazing?
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