In May 2006, art market history was made when Christie’s held its first auction of International Modern & Contemporary Art in the Middle East. Since then, Christie’s has gone on to sell over US$235 million worth of art in Dubai and firmly established itself as the leading auction house in the region. In October 2013 the Dubai sale calendar will be expanded by the first ever online-only sale of Middle Eastern Art to take place from 24 October to 11 November as well as by the re-launch of the very successful watch sale, held between 2007 and 2011 in Dubai.
Through Christie’s various charitable activities, including works sold at the Dubai auctions, Christie’s has helped to raise more than $20 million for Middle Eastern charities.
In addition to the regular auctions, Christie’s is keen to encourage and support educational opportunities and holds exhibitions, educational seminars and charity auctions throughout the region. Recently these events have been held in Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Kuwait and Bahrain. In October 2013 Christie’s Education will offer the first tailor-made three day course, introducing the international art market alongside the upcoming sale season in Dubai.