Christie's Through The Looking Glass



In this two-part documentary Miranda Sawyer takes an intriguing peep behind the scenes at London's oldest Fine Art auction house.

Christie's operates as an influential barometer of the Art market.

In these recessionary times we follow the preparations for their most important sale season of the year.

In this first programme we are introduced to specialists renowned for their discretion and expertise and the dealers, collectors and investors who populate this glittering world.

We investigate how artworks come to be sold and values established in the most public marketplace in the Art world.

Producer: Eleanor Thomas

A Harcourt Films production for BBC Radio 4

Miranda Sawyer looks behind the scenes at Christie's auction house.

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In the second of this two-part series Miranda Sawyer catches a glimpse of high Art, high society and high prices as she explores the contemporary auction market at London's oldest auctioneers.

As some of the most expensive and rare privately owned artworks in the world are presented to an international audience for a week of sales in London, we ask who buys what, and why? We discover how the auction house has adapted its sales to survive the recession and discuss where this barometer of the art market is going next.

Producer: Eleanor Thomas

A Harcourt Films production for BBC Radio 4.

Miranda Sawyer examines how Christie's auction house is coping with the recession.