Celebrate The Capital’s Rich Cultural Heritage At Christie’s Festival of Art and Literature

What better way to spend a summer afternoon than tapping into the incredible cultural activities our capital has to offer? Head to the historic heart of St James’s between June 6 and July 14 to explore the galleries at Christie’s London and visit The Art of Literature Exhibitions.

Recognised world-wide as an international hub of art and culture, London’s unique identity has been informed by centuries of creativity. London Now aims to celebrate this diversity and individuality through a series of inspiring exhibitions, views, talks and events. And the best part? Entry is free!

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The Art of Literature: Auction Highlights Exhibition is a showcase of the most outstanding lots from across Christie’s summer season of auctions. Open for a limited time only, visit Christie’s between June 6 – June 16 and admire a myriad of specially curated works of art including fashion from designer Molly Goddard, also inspired by English Literature. Head to Christie’s to catch the final week of this fascinating exhibition.

At The Art of Literature: Loan and Selling Exhibition you can delve deeper into the history of these amazing works and gain an understanding of the links between literary and visual arts. Christie’s three co-curators and next generation of specialists have brought together a selection of outstanding works of art via private sale or loan, many of which have never been seen before by the public.

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Running until July 14, this exhibition offers you the chance to learn more about the books, manuscripts, antiquities, paintings, sculptures and drawings across three millennia. From a rare signed and dated hardback of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (1997) to a selection of works by artist Lucian Freud, to a very rare example of Aesop’s fables (c.1495), there is so much to see.

What’s more, you will also have the opportunity to discover a selection of unique First Edition books and works of art from over 80 contemporary writers and artists. Christie’s has partnered with English PEN, one of the world’s oldest human rights organisations to present ‘First Editions, Second Thoughts: An Auction in Support of English PEN’. This philanthropic auction will be held online between June 28 – July 12.

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Get a sneak peek of the lots online from June 17 before bidding begins on June 28! Bidding is expected to start from £100, and you could even get your hands on a First Edition from an internationally recognised, prize-winning author such as Margaret Attwood, Salma Rushdie and Bernadine Evaristo.

The First Editions and works of art have all been personally annotated by the artist or author, making them unique and coveted collectors’ items. Sold to the lady in the back!