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Christie's

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Address: 8 King Street | St. James's, London WC2E 8HN, England
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(011) 44-171-839-9060
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Mon 09:00 - 19:30
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Famous Christie's, whose name speaks of extraordinary art and international...

Famous Christie's, whose name speaks of extraordinary art and international glamour, opened its doors in 1766 to launch the world's first fine art auction house.

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250th anniversary soireé

One the first Tuesday of every month Christie's holds an open evening at their branch in South Kensington. There is a talk, a pop-up bar, and you are free to walk around and look... read more

Reviewed 13 December 2016
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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601 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great auction venue in South Kensington which holds a wide range of auctions from decorative arts to lesser-value classical and other artworks. It also holds excellent exhibitions in the front gallery spaces. Sadly, there are indications that Christies will close this location to focus on Bond Street in London and overseas places such as China. If it does, it... More 

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United States
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

One of the best experiences I've ever had was bidding at Christie's auction. The specialists were very knowledgeable, helpful and a pleasure to work with. The venue is very nice and comfortable. The selection of art outstanding. I highly recommend!

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Thank John H
London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

One the first Tuesday of every month Christie's holds an open evening at their branch in South Kensington. There is a talk, a pop-up bar, and you are free to walk around and look at the art which will later be auctioned. They sometimes have a mock auction which is great fun when you can imagine yourself bidding in the... More 

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Thank James M
Centreville, Virginia
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

Christie's Auction House was founded in 1766, and its main headquarters have been on King Street since 1823. As you enter the impressive building in St. James a wide staircase draws you up to the massive first floor galleries. Displays of items in upcoming sales are on preview for days before the auction and showings are open for free to... More 

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Ulm, Germany
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Reviewed 11 July 2016

Do you want to see artwork that may not be seen again for years if not decades because it will be hanging in the living rooms of the superrich? Do you want to see it for free? Then come and see the pre-auction shows of the big auction houses, ie Christie's and Sotheby's. Whenever we go to London we check... More 

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Manama, Bahrain
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Reviewed 30 May 2016

We went on a tour with a group of artists to Christie's. We had a wonderful time and the staff were so helpful. A special thank you to all the team there esp. Julie for all her help and useful information. We really enjoyed it

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Thank Lamya E
Beaminster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 7 September 2015

Sellers beware! Christies commission charges for selling your antiques are truly outrageous, especially as they also take 25% plus VAT from the buyer. I was even charged £150 for a photograph to appear in their catalogue. For items up to a few thousand pounds you can expect to receive less than half of an item's value by the time they... More 

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Thank Steven G
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 11 April 2015

I visited Christie's in order to see an exhibition featuring two artists of interest to me. I'm very used to indifferent or unwelcoming attitudes in many art galleries, especially those in New York. I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly greeting. The exhibition was worthwhile.

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St. James's
Perennially fashionable since the days of Henry VIII, the aristocratic “Clubland” of St James's is a premier destination for high end craft and bespoke design. Here you’ll lose count of the Royal Warrants (which indicate that the Royal Family patronizes the establishment) seen in shop front windows, even during a short stroll to bordering Green Park or St James’s Park. With the brightly lit and constantly buzzing junction of Piccadilly Circus at its northeast corner and none of Central London too far away, this is an surprisingly central and accessible part of town, especially given its prosperous demeanor.
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