Christie's quickly established a reputation for conducting some the greatest auctions of the 18th and 19th centuries. Christie's regularly auctioned off significant amounts of Britain's national heritage, including items consigned by members of the aristocracy and even the Royal Family.
Over the years, Christie's has auctioned off artwork and items that once belonged to historical figures like Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Princess Diana, Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Napoleon Bonaparte and others.
In 1995, Christie's became the first international auction house to exhibit works of art in Beijing, China.
Christie's has three show rooms in the US, including one in New York and one in Los Angeles. On October 5, 2001, Christie's opened a new auction house in Paris. Other show rooms are located in Scotland, Australia, Italy, Geneva, Tokyo, Korea and Canada.