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A chairman’s pride in the legacy

Christie’s veteran Nic McElhatton believes the CSK model will be hard to replicate

For the last-ever sale at Christie’s South Kensington on July 19, chairman Nic McElhatton dug deep into his early experience as a stage hand at Newcastle Playhouse.

Dressed as James Christie, founder of the eponymous auction house in 1766, McElhatton sold the last 100 lots in theatrical style. The performance combined the art of a circus ring master, street vendor and entertainer into one.

The subtext to this drama in London SW7 seemed to be: live auction is theatre and CSK was the greatest playhouse of them all.

Ahead of the sale and afterwards, McElhatton [no relation to this writer] talked to ATG about CSK’s milestones and legacy.

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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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