The future of the museum may be rooted in the buildings they occupy but it will address audiences across the world – a place where people across the world will have a conversation, those institutions which take up this notion fastest and furthest will be the ones which have the authority in the future.
Sir Nicholas Serota, Tate Modern (2009)
Today you're invited to step into another side of the art world and take a look inside some of the finest auction houses with sites around the globe. Whilst there indulge yourself in their 'live' auctions.
ART & AUCTIONS
Twenty-first century curatorial practice can involve mass production of the object, making its sale readily available including work of the great masters, archived and collection pieces, typically displayed only at exhibitions. One can now legally view, select and purchase art online. Where once art collecting and attending auctions were practices reserved for a defined audience, the internet’ presence has become unavoidable, with the industry' leading lights all providing access to 'live' bidders, beyond that of private bidders at the other end of the phone line.
Globally society' ability to embrace new technologies has seen an evolutionary phase in art history, curating and contemporary design. Art ordinarily observed in museums and galleries can now be found on the internet with some completely unlicensed and left to 'the owner' as to how it will be displayed.
Where traditionally, making a purchase from a museum' website meant making a booking, today it can result in owning a piece of art and history, enabling anyone who can afford it, the opportunity to partake. The creative sector has become more commercialised with access to events; annual trade shows, ‘live auctions’ and exhibitions all now available digitally.
THE ART PEOPLE
Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour.
Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie's has since conducted the greatest and most celebrated auctions through the centuries providing a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful.
Christie’s offers around 450 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more.
Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai ...
Auctioneers and Valuers
Operating out of its major salerooms in London, New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Los Angeles, Bonhams conducts some 400 annual sales through its sixty specialist departments.
The same guiding principles have ensured Bonhams' success over the past two centuries.
With specialists in every major area of art and collectables, the depth of collective knowledge of Bonhams auctioneers has enabled the company to challenge the market positions of Sotheby's and Christie's.
In 2009 Bonhams announced that it had taken market leadership in ten key areas of the UK art market for the first time including Antiquities, Arms and Armor, Watches and Clocks, Motor Cars, European Ceramics and Japanese art.
In fine art, Bonhams has achieved record sums for a painting in a Russian sale (Roerich, £7.9m) and for a South African painting (Irma Stern, £3.0m) as well as presiding over the sale of the most valuable Old Master sold at auction in 2013 (Fragonard, £17.1m) ...