By Sonia Stubblebine

The Coronavirus Pandemic continues to cross events off the art calendar: Christie’s auction house has announced its decision to give up its large evening sales in New York City

This year instead of a series of auctions there will be one broadcasted live from several cities. Christie’s will merge its online and offline opportunities and organize four auction sessions in various locations around the globe that will be broadcasted live. They will be held on July 10th in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York and will combine Impressionism, Modernism, Post-war and Contemporary art and Design. In each city the auction will be conducted by its own auctioneer. All four auction sessions will be broadcasted live. These online auctions will engage wide majority of collectors from all over the world, offering them not only a first-hand experience but also an interactive show.

Rockefeller Sales at Christie’s 2018

Online sales attracted many new clients. Auction houses Sotheby’s and Christie’s report that 30% to 35% of recent online buyers participated in online art auctions for the first time. Experts believe that one of the reasons for the increased amount of new buyers is clients’ desire to brighten and diverse their quarantine time and experience.

Canvas of Yoshitomo Nara at Sotheby’s Auction Sales. Photo by Kelvin Luk

Having tangible experience of purchasing artworks after seeing them in real life or attending offline auction sales will remain significant in Post-Covid Era.

Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sales in London

We believe the art world will be even more digitalized in the future, but those essential and memorable experiences of travelling and attending auction sales together with social element of meeting other collectors and interacting with art professionals will high likely remain and keep their positions.