Artprice's archive is the global alternative after the closure to art professionals of Christie's London archives
PARIS, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- According to Le Figaro this afternoon: https://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/encheres/a -londres-christie-s-closes-its-archives-to-professionals-of-the-art-world-20210222
"In London, Christie's closes its archives to art-professionals"
"The sales catalogues, the first of which date back to 1766, are an invaluable resource for specialists. Faced with this decision to close, they expressed their anger and their incomprehension.
The prestigious auction house has decided to end access to its archives due to staff lay-offs.
"As a courtesy, Christie's has given free access to its archives for research purposes," said a spokesperson for the auction house, as reported by the Art Newspaper. "However, the archives team has been reduced and can now only meet the needs of our own specialist teams".
"The auction house has responded to the criticism and didn't sound very certain about a possible reopening. Dirk Bool, President of Christie's in Europe, Middle East, Russia and India, said: "Unfortunately, the entire King Street building has been closed to the public due to the health crisis. Rest assured that we will continue to maintain our records in an appropriate and accessible manner. We will also explore ways to expand access to these archives in the future".
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