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Art Within Reach

Exciting art doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive: see for yourself during Christie’s First Open auctions, February 25 to March 22.

From our Friends at Christie’s

What kind of artwork is included in First Open sales?

Across the sale series you’ll find painting, sculpture, drawings, prints and photography from the early 20th century to today. Featured artists include blue-chip names like Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder, established contemporary artists like Cindy Sherman, and up-and-comers like Ida Ekblad.

We’re also offering a new contemporary home sale that features furniture, lighting and design – perfect complements to the artwork in our other First Open sales. Consult our calendar for the complete list of auctions.

How much do the works cost?

Estimates range from $800 to $700,000, although bidding usually starts just below the estimates.

What are the advantages of buying at auction?

While buying at auction might seem a bit intimidating, it actually offers many advantages for newer art buyers, including pricing transparency and access to the expertise of our specialists. You also have ample time ahead of the sale to consult our catalogs, historical auction data and other online information – and to set a budget – so that you’re well-informed and confident when auction day arrives. And of course, there’s nothing quite like finding a great “steal” at auction – or winning an intense bidding war over a coveted piece.

Are the most expensive works the ones by the big-name artists?

Not necessarily. We’re offering a Joan Miro linocut with a low estimate of $1000, and many of the higher-priced works come from artists that are less well-known to the general public. Estimates depend on many things, including the size and medium of the work, the current market for the artist, and provenance.

What is provenance and why is it important?

In simple terms, provenance is the record of ownership for a work of art. Interesting provenance – for example, if the work came from a relative of the artist or from an important collector – can increase the price of the work. Provenance, if it is of note, will be listed in sale catalogs and online.

What does “editions” mean?

A contemporary edition is any work made from paper, ink and an image source, such as a woodcut or a lithograph. In many cases, they have been touched by the artist’s hand. Commonly referred to as “prints,” they give collectors the chance to acquire art from well-known names at more accessible prices, and are exciting works in their own right.

How do I bid?

You can bid live in person, over the phone or online. You can also leave an absentee bid prior to the sale. To learn more, visit our buying guide.

Our February 25 to March 8 online sale is available entirely online. Online-only bids can be submitted throughout the duration of the bidding period.

Where can I find out more about the works in these sales?

You can browse the sales below. The works will also be on view at our Rockefeller Center galleries in Manhattan from February 26 to March 3, from 10am to 5pm (1pm to 5pm on Sunday February 28). If you’re in the area, please come see us. The view is free and open to the public.

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