By region, Christie’s saw its biggest growth in the Americas and Asia, with totals of £2.7 billion ($3.6 billion) and £613.1 million ($815.4 million), respectively, increases of 9% and 5%, respectively, over 2017. Asian clients accounted for a full 25% of Christie’s sales total last year, while 23% of the house’s new clients came from Asia. Christie’s totals in Europe and the Middle East, meanwhile, dipped by 8%, totalling £1.4 billion ($1.9 billion). Meanwhile, private sales were up by 4%, bringing in a total of £491.2 million ($653.3 million).
Though Christie’s 2018 sales unsurprisingly eclipsed those of consistent third-place finisher Phillips—which recently reported its best year ever
, with $916.5 million in sales—it remains to be seen how they measure up against the other pillar in the auction market duopoly, Sotheby’s, which in recent years has announced its annual sales totals at the end of February
or beginning of March