Christie’s announce early highlights from the one-off themed exhibition and auction The London Sale, on Monday, 3 September 2012 at 1pm. The special extended exhibition, which will run for six-weeks throughout the Olympic Summer from 27 July through to the auction on 3 September 2012, is sure to prove popular with visitors to the buzzing cultural hub of South Kensington.
The auction will comprise over 150 lots in total, presenting a broad variety of items synonymous with London and offering an exciting opportunity for lovers of London to acquire iconic pieces of the city’s imagery and history from paintings and topographical views, through to memorabilia, fashion, and even an original double-decker Routemaster Bus which dates back to another iconic year in British history – 1966 (estimate: £20,000-30,000) illustrated above. Items will range from just £500 with important paintings expected to fetch up to £200,000.
Nick Martineau, Director and Head of Sale commented: “Christie’s is delighted to stage an extended public exhibition for ‘The London Sale’ – a special auction that will celebrate art and icons of the capital, and which will be on public view throughout the Olympic period (July-September) at our South Kensington saleroom on Old Brompton Road. We hope that London residents and tourists alike will enjoy visiting the exhibition and learning a little more about London’s rich history through the objects and works of art on offer. These are just a few highlights which will be sold at auction on 3 September, but the sale continues to grow – the deadline for consignments is 30 April. With estimates starting at only £500, the sale will provide a wonderful opportunity for lovers of London to bid on everything from an original 1966 Routemaster bus through to beautiful 19th century views across the River Thames.”
*Please note that the original double-decker Routemaster bus, London, 1966 will be viewing by appointment only.