Christie’s opens its doors to local public

British auctioneer Christie’s opens its doors to the Greek public this week with an exhibition showcasing high-quality jewelry, watches and paintings tomorrow and Thursday. Divided into three sections, the rare items are scheduled to go on display at the Eugenides Foundation before taking part in auctions around the world. The show demonstrates the landmark auction house’s developing interest in the Greek market. Christie’s is the first of the leading international auction houses presenting high-caliber impressionist and modern artworks due to participate in future international art auctions in this country. Coming to Athens is a collection of high-quality jewelry and watches estimated at $20 million. The pieces are part of collections going on sale at Christie’s sales in Geneva, Dubai and Paris. Big art names Visitors will also see works by Georges Braque, Edgar Degas, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Renoir and Theophile Steinlen. Going on sale in Paris on December 3, the collection’s value is estimated at more than 5 million euros. Also displayed in Athens are four Greek landscapes by 19th century artist Edward Lear, stemming from the Giorgio Marsan and Umberta Nasi private collection. Estimated at 300,000 pounds sterling, the works will go under the hammer in London on December 12 and 13. The Eugenides Foundation is situated at 387 Syngrou Avenue in Faliron. For more information, call 210.946.9600 or go to