Christie’s to open Beverly Hills auction house

Soon you won’t need to fly to San Francisco or back to NYC to update your wine collection. Christie’s is opening a new 5,400 square foot, two-story flagship location in Beverly Hills, California.

Set to open in April, the auction house says that the move is in response “to growing demand among Los Angeles-area collectors.”

Christie’s said it will be relocating a team of its top specialists from various collecting fields to its new flagship.

“The expansion of our West Coast footprint is a key growth initiative for Christie’s in 2017,” Christie’s CEO Guillaume Cerutti said in a press release. “With its vibrant community of major collectors, artists, tastemakers and cultural institutions, Southern California has been an important market for Christie’s for nearly four decades and is now one of our most active regions for new buyers.”

Located on North Camden Drive near the corner of Wilshire Boulevard, Christie’s tapped wHY, the design firm behind the Marciano Art Foundation, CalArts, and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, to create their new home.

“Engaging our clients with fine art and objects – from Post-War and Contemporary art, Impressionist and Modern art, and Asian art to jewelry, watches, wine and more -is at the heart of what we do. We look forward to introducing new audiences and collectors to all that Christie’s has to offer,” Brook Hazelton, Christie’s president for the Americas said, noting that Rockefeller Center in New York will continue to operate as Christie’s auction saleroom for the Americas.