Christie’s $850m Auctions to go ahead Despite Cyberattack

Monday, May 13, 2024
Christie’s $850m Auctions to go ahead Despite Cyberattack

After its website was hacked, Christie's has been forced to showcase its prestigious catalogs on a temporary website ahead of a series of auctions.

The website has been reduced to simple feeds showing images of the lots in this week's auctions, which include the landmark 20th Century Evening Sale, 21st Century Evening Sale and Rosa de la Cruz Collection Evening Sale.

In a statement Christie's CEO Guillaume Cerutti says :

As you may know, Christie’s has experienced a technology security incident. I would like to share a brief update.

I want to assure you that we are managing this incident according to our well-established protocols and practices, with the support of additional experts. This included among other things the proactive protection of our main website by taking it offline.

I can now confirm that all eight of our live New York and Geneva auctions this coming week will take place as scheduled, with the exception of the Rare Watches sale that is postponed to Tuesday‌ 14‌th May‌.

I am also pleased to reassure you that our clients for these sales will be able to bid securely in person, on the phone or via Christie’s Live. All information, catalogues and content related to these sales can be found via Christies.com and on Christie’s YouTube channel, as well as experienced on our social media.

Our exhibitions have been very busy in both locations, with great enthusiasm by our clients. In New York, I would like to highlight the Collection of Norman & Lyn Lear and the Rosa de la Cruz Collection, as well as masterpieces by Monet, Van Gogh, Joan Mitchell, Ana Mendieta, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye and many others. In Geneva, watches from the Property of Michael Schumacher and the top lot of our Magnificent Jewels sale, the Yellow Rose, a 202-carat unmounted coloured diamond from South Africa, have been widely admired.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our exhibitions and to registering you to participate in these auctions.

Yours sincerely,

Guillaume Cerutti
Chief Executive Officer

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