What The Luxe S3E7: Behind The Gavel with Anthea Peers, President of Christie’s EMEA

Category: News
26 Jun 2024
Read time: 2 MIN
For the last seventeen years, Anthea Peers has experienced everything Christie’s is and stands for, from the drama of the auction to the stories behind the art world’s most famous pieces. Sitting down with What The Luxe, she unpacks her roots, what sparked her love of art all the way to how collector's items have evolved in the age of digital default.
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Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury auction house. Renowned and trusted for its expertise, both live and online, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. 

With a physical presence in 46 countries and counting, it’s no surprise they’re resounding leaders in their field. Their auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvador Mundi, 2017), for a single collection sale (the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller, 2018), and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019).

Promoted to President of Christie’s EMEA in 2022, following a celebrated career with the house, Anthea’s interest in the art world was sparked at a young age through travelling with her aunt, an art historian who Anthea describes as “a formidable, extraordinary woman.” 

From there she studied History of Art at The University of Edinburgh where lecturers noted she had a head for business. Following a couple of years managing a Chelsea gallery, Anthea found herself at Christie’s, moving through departments and ranks, learning everything there is to know about art and auction. An expertise she brings to What The Luxe. 

Alongside Matter Of Form CEO and podcast host Anant Sharma, Anthea details everything from auction highlights, Christie’s impressive history and how the heritage brand maintains relevance today to the face of the new collector, the part scarcity plays in modern luxury and so much more.

Listen now wherever you get your podcasts or watch the studio edit on YouTube.

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