The Exceptional Sale
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London · New York · Paris

The Exceptional Sale is the leading global auction platform for the decorative and applied arts. Selling in London, Paris and New York, it brings together the finest works of arts: from English and European furniture, sculpture and clocks to porcelain and silver. Focusing on provenance, rarity, design and craftsmanship, The Exceptional Sale offers the best of the best, with an emphasis on the European decorative arts but also encompassing masterpieces from categories as diverse as musical instruments, ephemera and motor cars. It’s a rare opportunity for international collectors to consign and purchase works of outstanding creativity, skill and rarity.


Over ten years of global leadership

In the past two years alone, Christie’s Exceptional Sales have totaled in excess of £67 million, achieving 114% of their pre-sale low estimate with a sell-through rate of 73% — outselling our nearest competitor on both accounts.

Global marketing

Christie’s employs the full force of its international marketing resources to ensure your masterpieces are promoted to the broadest possible global audience.

We have developed innovative marketing initiatives over the last year — focused on our digital capabilities — that will maximise the exposure for your masterpiece, leading to increased interest from potential buyers. Christie’s experience with museum-quality exhibitions, unique position on the global stage as well as investment in the digital space give us an unparalleled advantage in this area. We are committed to remaining nimble and adapting our campaign to best serve the needs.

Exhibition

Our in-house designers have decades of experience in staging museum-standard exhibitions. Working in collaboration with specialists, the designers take inspiration not only from the artworks, but also from leading institutions such as Tate and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Our team takes a modern and bespoke approach to every pre-sale view, finding unexpected ways to showcase works of art that deliver immediate and lasting visual impact. To ensure our exhibitions reach the largest audience possible, we produce 360-degree virtual tours for online viewing.

Storytelling

Storytelling plays a key role in promotion. From online features to film trailers, Christie’s content team ensures that the unique stories behind our most exceptional pieces are heard.

Unparalleled expertise

Our Exceptional teams in London, New York and Paris boast unparalleled expertise. We source consignments worldwide, travelling the globe in pursuit of pieces of the highest calibre for auction or private sale.

Orlando Rock
Chairman, Christie’s UK and Co-Chairman Decorative Arts, London

Jody Wilkie
International Head of Ceramics, Co-Chairman Decorative Arts, New York

Amjad Rauf
International Head of Masterpiece and Private Sales, London

Donald Johnston
International Head of Sculpture, London

Harry Williams-Bulkeley
International Head of Silver, London

Giles Forster
Head of Exceptional, London

Casey Rogers and Elizabeth Siegel
Co-Heads of Exceptional, New York

Simon de Monicault
Head of Exceptional, Paris

The Exceptional Sale

London, 8 July
Consign by May

New York, 13 October
Consign by August

Paris, late November
Consign by September

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