World record prices achieved at Christie’s Travel, Science and Natural History auction

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SOUTH KENSINGTON.- The bi-annual auction of Travel, Science and Natural History at Christie’s South Kensington held on 29 September 2011 realized a total of £2,018,650 / $3,153,131 / €2,313,373, selling 78% by lot and 93% by value. This result is the highest total ever achieved for this category at Christie’s South Kensington saleroom; the sale was estimated to realize between £997,650 and £1,495,250. Bidders hailed from more than 30 countries, and 27% of lots were bought or directly underbid online. Once again proving the increasing popularity of Christie’s Live, a new client to Christie’s chose to bid online for his first bidding experience and bought one of the top 3 lots; a George III portable orrery, W. Jones, circa 1787 for £97,250. Nick Martineau, Director and Auctioneer, Christie’s commented, “The sale of Travel, Science and Natural History saw very strong results achieved across all se