In Praise of Christie’s

It wasn’t an official endorsement by any means, but it was definitely the next best thing—unsolicited praise from that most venerable of American business chronicles, The Wall Street Journal,  in a revealing feature on Friday, August 3rd .   The reason?   Of the two renowned fine art auction houses who have lent their names, credibility and worldwide prestige to the sale of high-end luxury real estate, only one—Christie’s Great Estates—continues to focus solely on the marketing and sales of truly important properties.  (To read the entire article, click here

We congratulate Christie’s for remaining true to its business ideals at a time when intensified competition for buyers of high-value properties makes it all too tempting to loosen long-held standards and chase after lesser-priced listings as well.  The purity of Christie’s business model and the level of real estate companies they choose to partner with are extremely important benefits to sellers of ultra luxurious properties.  For these reasons, Michael Saunders & Company opted to become Christie’s exclusive affiliate in Southwest Florida some three years ago.

Only brokers who have a leading market share, meet strict standards of service excellence, and demonstrate proven records of success in handling distinctive properties can become affiliated with Christie’s Great Estates and utilize its highly respected brand name.  A wholly-owned subsidiary of the world’s oldest fine art auction house, Christie’s Great Estates was established in 1995 and is the largest international network of real estate brokers dedicated solely to the marketing and sale of high-value properties.  The network comprises more than 850 real estate offices and nearly 35,000 sales associates in more than 35 countries.  The combined annual sales volume of all Christie’s affiliate companies is approximately $125 billion, a testament to the caliber of buyers these companies bring to the closing table.

To find out more about Christie’s Great Estates, click here.  You can learn more about our other exclusive worldwide affiliations—including Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and Luxury Portfolio by clicking here, or by visiting   After all, if your home is among the region’s brightest stars, shouldn’t it make its debut on a global stage? 



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