Christie's will hold the first major auctions run by its new "20/21" department in October instead of the traditional November, in a bid to capitalize on the success of its July global relay "ONE" sale.
The new calendar features a mid-autumn marquee week of Evening and Day sales in New York, which will be conducted live and livestreamed from Christie's Rockefeller Center galleries on October 6 and 7.
Additionally, the auction house has announced a synchronized series of live and livestreamed sales in London and Paris on October 22, in an effort to coincide with the 47th edition of FIAC in Paris and the digital edition of Frieze London.
"What we have witnessed over the past few months is an extremely robust art market, fuelled by global collectors who are keen to acquire remarkable objects and works of art. These collectors are happily making use of a wide range of platforms, they are buying works across categories, and they certainly are not glued to the conventional auction schedule," Alex Rotter, chairman of 20/21, said in a statement.
The cross-categorical offerings will feature a range of works spanning the 20th and 21st centuries, including a watercolor still-life by Paul Cézanne estimated to sell in the region of $25 million.
Described by Christie's as "the finest watercolor by the artist to come to auction in nearly 40 years," "Nature morte avec pot au lait, melon et sucrier" carries a storied provenance, having been first sold by the prominent French dealer Ambroise Vollard before being acquired by the Ford family in 1933.
Christie's will tour the Cézanne still-life to its galleries in Hong Kong and London in early September, before it hits the auction block on October 6.
Additional masterpieces on offer at Christie's in early fall include Georg Baselitz's "Weiblicher Akt – Liegend," which is estimated to bring in up to £1.2 million (about $1.6 million); as well as Zao Wou-Ki's "31.07.68 b," which is expected to bring in up to €1.5 million (about $1.8 million).