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The London June Evening sales of Contemporary art have been substantially reduced by Christie’s new strategy of focusing on the October sales season in London. Nonetheless, the pre-sale value of works on offer this season in the two remaining Evening sales is greater than last year. We will know more by the end of the week whether Christie’s has abandoned the June sales too soon. The auction house has even hedged its bet slightly by including a seven-figure Pierre Soulages work to its day sale of lower-value art.
Before the sales begin, let’s look back at the last 11 years of Evening sales data compiled by our friends at Pi-eX. The origins of Christie’s move away from this season lie in a long-standing desire to remake the auction calendar. But there was a proximal cause to the decision created by the 2015 June Evening sales.Continue Reading