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Christie’s 2023 Autumn Live Sales: A Testament to Luxury and Global Appeal

In the glittering realm of luxury auctions, Christie’s stands as an unparalleled beacon of sophistication and prestige.

With a legacy spanning over two centuries, Christie’s has consistently showcased the finest art and collectibles to captivate global audiences. The year 2023 was no exception, marked by the resplendent success of Christie’s Autumn Live Sales, a testament to the enduring allure of exquisite timepieces and the global resonance of luxury.

On November 26, 2023, Christie’s Hong Kong played host to three prestigious live watch auctions: Important Watches, The OAK Collection Part I, and The Philippe & Elisabeth Dufour Foundation Charity Auction. The collective prowess of these auctions resulted in an astounding sales total of HK$222,231,750 / US$28,642,583, marking it as the second highest autumn sale total at Christie’s Asia. This remarkable achievement underscored not only the exceptional quality of the timepieces on offer but also Christie’s adept pricing strategy tailored to the discerning market.

What truly set these auctions apart was the staggering global participation they garnered. Enthusiasts and collectors hailing from 39 countries across five continents contributed to the fervent bidding, epitomizing the universal appeal of Christie’s offerings. A notable trend emerged with millennials comprising 40% of new buyers, signaling a generational shift in the landscape of luxury collecting.

Lot 2283: Patek Philippe An important, extremely rare and incredibly well-preserved 18k pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and Portuguese calendar ref. 1518, second series, manufactured in 1950. Price Realised HK$19,735,000/US$2,543,567
Lot 2283: Patek Philippe An important, extremely rare and incredibly well-preserved 18k pink gold perpetual calendar chronograph wristwatch with moon phases and Portuguese calendar ref. 1518, second series, manufactured in 1950. Price Realised HK$19,735,000/US$2,543,567
Lot 2594: Akrivia. A one-of-a-kind and highly attractive titanium semi-skeletonised tourbillon single button chronograph wristwatch with power reserve. Price Realised HK$4,788,000/US$612,241

To appreciate the significance of Christie’s Autumn Live Sales, it is imperative to understand the illustrious legacy of the auction house itself. Founded in 1766, Christie’s has evolved into a preeminent destination for connoisseurs of art and luxury. With a physical presence in 46 countries and flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Geneva, Christie’s embodies a global ethos of cultural enrichment and refinement.

In keeping with the evolving landscape of the art market, Christie’s has embraced innovation with the launch of the first fully on-chain auction platform dedicated to exceptional NFT art. This pioneering initiative underscores Christie’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of traditional auction formats while fostering creativity and exploration within the digital realm.

Beyond its renowned live auctions, Christie’s offers a comprehensive suite of services tailored to meet the diverse needs of its clientele. From expert art appraisals and bespoke private sales to international real estate ventures and educational initiatives, Christie’s is committed to providing unparalleled support and guidance across every facet of the luxury landscape.

Moreover, Christie’s remains steadfast in its dedication to advancing responsible culture, both within its business practices and throughout communities worldwide. By championing diversity, sustainability, and inclusivity, Christie’s endeavors to cultivate a more equitable and enlightened society, resonating with the values of its discerning clientele.


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