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.