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CSK closure: ‘For the long-term health of the business it is right’

Christie’s South Kensington, a popular and influential fixture on the London auction scene for over 40 years, will hold its final sale next month (see News, page 6).

Here Orlando Rock, chairman of Christie’s UK, talks to Roland Arkell about the closure and consolidation plans at King Street.

Approximately how many extra sales will be added to the King Street calendar with the merging of CSK and KS?

We had two locations within three miles of each other in London, neither of them being used to their full potential. CSK had fallen from 110 to 65 sales a year. Sales at King Street were largely ‘concertinaed’ into key weeks. If you were starting from scratch in the context of an international market I don’t think you would choose that model.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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