Sold! Inside the World's Biggest Auction House

Sold! Inside the World's Biggest Auction House

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

We’ve all been there – you stumble into an art auction, just for a look, and you end up spending $3.3 million on a painting. In this case it’s a gentleman from Hong Kong who finds his way into a New York saleroom and buys a big blue painted square.

This absorbing two-part look at Christie’s auction house as it celebrates its 250th anniversary explores the changing face of the art market. Surprisingly ancient antiquities aren’t as popular as modern art. At one sale a very creepy mannequin of a small Adolf Hitler goes for more than $15 million. And a piece by Jean-Michel Basquiat goes for an eye-popping sum that, curiously, doesn’t impress its remarkably sanguine seller.

Summary

First of a two-part documentary going behind the scenes at Christie's to chart a year in the life of the international institution, recording the highs and lows of life in the art business, from London to Dubai, via Hong Kong and New York.

Cast & Crew

Director Michael Waldman
Executive Producer Ross Wilson
Executive Producer Elizabeth Hartford
Producer Michael Waldman
Producer Tom Watkinson
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