Christie's to Open Los Angeles Flagship Store This Spring
The new 5,400-square-foot, two-story location will be located at the corner of North Camden Drive and Wilshire Boulevard.
The historic British auction house Christie’s is opening its first-ever flagship gallery in the beating heart of Beverly Hills.
The new 5,400-square-foot, two-story flagship location will be located at the corner of North Camden Drive and Wilshire Boulevard. According to a release issued by the company that was founded in 1766, the opening of the new gallery is in response to “growing demand among Los Angeles-area collectors for greater access to buying and selling opportunities.” The grand opening is scheduled for some time in April.
L.A. and the West Coast now joins mainland China as the geographic area of most interest to famed auction house. In the fall of 2016, Christie’s opened a new art space in Beijing and in 2014 Christie’s relocated its Shanghai presence to the historic Ampire building.
"Los Angeles is such a vibrant and engaged cultural community, it makes the possibilities for exhibitions, client events, and collaborations within the cultural and creative community truly boundless,” Brook Hazelton, president of Christie’s Americas, said in a statement. “We are excited to show both new and established collectors what Christie’s can offer when we open our doors this spring.”
A rendering of the new Beverly Hills store
To design the new building Christie’s turned to Kulapat Yantrasast and his design and architectural firm wHY, which is the same firm behind the Marciano Art Foundation in Koreatown. The Marciano Art Foundation is a new contemporary art museum from Guess co-founders Paul and Maurice Marciano that is scheduled to open this spring.
Christie’s said they will host exhibitions, social events, educational programming and live streams of auctions that are taking place in other Christie’s salerooms.