A Few Words About Christie’s Auction House & Mark Knopfler Guitar Collection

A Few Words About Christie’s Auction House & Mark Knopfler Guitar Collection

A Few Words About Christie’s Auction House & Mark Knopfler Guitar CollectionA Few Words About Christie’s Auction House & Mark Knopfler Guitar Collection

On November 21, 2023, an announcement was made regarding The MK Guitar Collection, which will be featured in a live auction scheduled for January 31, 2024, in London. The auction is being organized by Christie’s. For those unfamiliar with Christie’s, here are some details about the renowned organization.

Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business founded in 1766, with a physical presence in 46 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific. It boasts flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris, and Geneva.

Renowned for its expert live and online-only auctions, Christie’s also offers an unparalleled network of Private Sales, providing clients with a full portfolio of global services including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate, and education. Its auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, with price points ranging from $500 to over $100 million.

Notably, Christie’s has sold 7 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history and achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction. Additionally, the network has launched the first fully on-chain auction platform dedicated to exceptional NFT art and manages an investment fund to support innovative startups in the art market.

This portrait of founder James Christie was for 7,200 guineas (£403,000 today).

Fact about founder of today’s auction house – James Christie

In 1927, someone bought a painting of James Christie for 7,200 guineas, which today would be worth £403,000. British painter Thomas Gainsborough, a close friend of the auctioneer, painted the portrait in 1788.

Committed to advancing responsible culture throughout its business and communities worldwide, you can discover more about Christie’s by clicking HERE or by downloading Christie’s apps.

Christie’s prestigious reputation naturally led to the decision to conduct Mark Knopfler’s auction through their network. On November 23, 2023, Christie’s excitedly announced that they would facilitate the auction of guitars from the personal collection of Mark Knopfler—the frontman of the iconic British rock band Dire Straits—as indeed they did.

Selling your valuable items with Christie’s auction house

Knopfler’s guitar collection comprised more than 120 guitars and amps, spanning his 50-year career. It chronicles the diverse array of instruments he has used to write, record, and perform his extensive catalog of compositions for Dire Straits, as well as numerous successful solo albums and film soundtracks.

The collection featured world-famous names such as Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, and Martin, alongside custom-built models by Rudy Pensa and John Suhr. Additionally, Mark Knopfler’s collection included bespoke guitar examples crafted by luthiers from across the globe.

Before the auction took place, fans from around the world had the opportunity to view the complete collection of guitars up close. Initially, they had the chance to do so in New York galleries from December 9 to 13, 2023. Following New York, fans from Europe had the opportunity to see and discover the incredible collection at Christie’s in London from January 19 to 30, 2024.

The auction organizers scheduled the event for January 31, 2024, in London. In the next blog post, we will present the atmosphere and share some pictures from the galleries and guitars in London and New York. Stay tuned and follow us!

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