New York sale shows antiques are not just for billionaires

A theme evident at the New York Winter Show in January has re-emerged just in time for Christie’s Interiors auction in the Big Apple on Wednesday and Thursday. Its thrust is an attempt to open the market to new young collectors whose budgets are not limitless.

At the Winter Show an easy-to-read system of coloured price tagging with legends like under $3,000 (€2,750), $5,000 (€4,500), $10,000 (€8,900) and so on was introduced this year and proved to be successful. It allowed buyers to browse and find what they could afford.

Christie’s is setting out to woo young collectors in a different way. The summer interiors auction of 495 lots of furniture, decorative objects and fine art features a collaboration with Alexandra O’Neill, designer of the ready to-wear line Markarian and CeCe Barfield Thompson, principal of the interior design firm CeCe Barfield.

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