Royal House of Savoy Sale By Christie’s

On the 15th of October, Christie’s will be offering their Royal House of Savoy sale for auction, and this will be an auction that you can’t afford to miss.

In keeping with Christie’s long tradition of hosting Royal collection sales, this upcoming auction could be one of their biggest, most extravagant yet. The auction will follow a series of incredibly successful royal auctions in the past, including collections of H.R.H Princess Margaret back in 2006, and ones from the Kings of Greece back in 2007.

Spanning more than 24 centuries of artistic expressionism and movement, this auction will host everything from 16th-century family portraits to incredibly rare manuscripts and everything in between.

Director and Head of Sale of Private Collections at Christie’s London Adrian Hume-Sayer commented: “It is a great honour to have been entrusted with this fascinating Royal collection, The Royal House of Savoy. The breadth of this collection is astonishing. Ancient Daunian pottery sits alongside family paintings boldly juxtaposed with Lichtenstein prints and Pomodoro sculpture. This sale gives a unique glimpse of Royal collecting in our own time.”

What’s Up For Grabs?

Whilst we can’t list each lot in great detail for you, what we can provide you with is a brief overview and some highlights of what will be up for grabs with this fantastic auction.

Contemporary And Post-War

From this selection, you’ll find that the star of the show is Italian post-war artist Arnaldo Pomodoro’s Rotante Massimo, III. With an astonishing estimate of £180,000 – £250,000, this is sure to turn heads. This work will be accompanied by works by Cesar, Jim Dine, Victor Vasarely and many more besides.

Old Master Paintings And Sculptures

The star of this section is the 11th Duke of Savoy, by Carlo Emanuele, which has an estimated valuation of between £15,000 and £25,000.

Books And Manuscripts

If books and manuscripts are more to your liking, there are two valuable books in this section that you’ll likely find most interesting. First up is a Neapolitan humanist manuscript of the essential Medieval treatise on Kingship. This has been both dated, and signed, by Giovanni Marco Cinico, and is illuminated by Cola Rapicano, 1470. This manuscript has an estimated valuation of between £70,000 and £100,000.

As well as that, Les dits notables de Monsieur Philippe de France, Duc d’Anjou, frere unique du Roi, Paris, 1655, by Reverend Jean Aumônier, is also sure to turn heads, especially as it is only one of five copies. Illuminated throughout in stunning gold, red, and blue, this piece is also estimated to fetch between £70,000 and £100,000.

Decorative Arts

If royal grandeur is right up your street, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for a set of Charles X ormolu and patinated bronze figural ten-light candelabras, which are estimated to fetch between £20,000 and £30,000.


The level of antiquities found at Christie’s auctions are always of the highest calibre and things don’t look set to change this year. Here, one of the highlight lots is a red-figured Campanian Bell-Krater which is expected to fetch roughly between £8,000 – £10,000.


Finally, is you’ve always wanted to own a four-wheeled piece of luxury, you’ll find that this collection features three cars. First up is a very rare, and immaculately presented 1965 Asa 1000GT Coupe for between £50,000 and £80,000.

Next up is a stunning 1955 Rolls Royce Silver Wraith which could be yours for between £40,000 and £60,000. Finally, with an estimated value of £15,000 – £25,000, you’ll find a beautiful classic Ferrari-style miniature Sbarro Ferrari children’s play car from 1981.

For more information on the sale: Click here.

Daniel Norgaard

Arts & Culture Editor

Originally from Denmark, Daniel Nørgaard serves as the Arts & Culture Editor at Salon Prive Magazine. He and his team covers the latest news from the world of Arts, Music, Theater and Literature from around the world.