Christie’s Exceptional Sale Totals $5,589,240

Christie’s global auction of the best of the best in decorative and applied arts, singular works of historic importance, and iconic objects of pop culture – totalled $5,589,240, selling 133% hammer above low estimate, with bidding from around the globe. The top lot was ‘The Arizona Spike,’ of steel clad in gold and silver, made in 1869 to commemorate the completion of the world’s first Transcontinental Railroad, which went 740% of its estimate to bring $2,200,000.

Other highlights included: a Louis XVI parcel-gilt and grey-painted canape, circa 1785, which realized: $529,2000; a German royal silver-gilt tea and coffee service made for the wedding of Prince Wilhelm I of Prussia, which brought $441,000; a Roman cameo dating to 41-54 BC, formerly in the collection of the 4th Duke of Marlborough, which made $352,800; an important Ascot trophy sponsored by Tsar Nicholas II, which brought $302,400; and original 16mm reels from Andy Warhol’s 1968 film Lonesome Cowboys, a screening of which sparked the Atlanta raid known as the “Stonewall of the South,” which made $25,200.

Christie’s International Specialist Head of European Furniture and Works of Art, Casey Rogers, said, “‘We are thrilled with the overwhelming response and depth of bidding in the Exceptional Sale, which demonstrate the market’s robust appetite for masterpiece-level decorative arts and historically significant objects with storied provenance. Look no further than the thrilling results for the Transcontinental Railroad spike, which Christie’s was honored to offer on behalf of the Museum of the City of New York.”

Christie’s Senior Specialist, Americana, Peter Klarnet, said, “The spike was a one-of-a-kind piece of historic importance and we knew it would by the subject of intense competition among collectors. In the end, the value soared past our expectations. I think the spike captured the imagination of collectors, in part, because it is a potent symbol of national unity. That sense of unity means as much today as it did when the transcontinental railroad was finished less than four years after the Civil War.”

Christie's Exceptional Sale Totals $5,589,240
IMPORTANT PARCEL-GILT SILVER AND ENAMEL SIX-PIECE TEA SERVICE ON FITTED STAND FOR THE ROYAL WEDDING OF PRINCE WILHELM I OF PRUSSIA AND PRINCESS AUGUSTE VICTORIA OF SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN
Made by Robert Maierheim for Gebreder Friedlander, Berlin, 1881, Designed by Hermann Ende
Price realized: $441,000
Christie's Exceptional Sale Totals $5,589,240
A ROMAN ONYX CAMEO PORTRAIT OF THE EMPEROR CLAUDIUS
REIGN 41-54 A.D.
3 in. (7.6 cm.) long
Price realized: $352,000
Christie's Exceptional Sale Totals $5,589,240
LONESOME COWBOYS
ANDY WARHOL, 1968
Six 35mm film reels two metal flight cases
Price realized: $25,200
Christie's Exceptional Sale Totals $5,589,240
A LOUIS XVI PARCEL-GILT AND GRAY-PAINTED CANAPE
BY GEORGES JACOB, CIRCA 1785
Price realized: $529,2000
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Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had auction sales in the first half of 2019 that totalled £2.2 billion / $2.8 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectables, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.