A showcase of royal portraits is combined with a panoply of legendary tiaras and a cross-category sale dedicated to the best of British in June
April 14, 2022: Celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, auction house Sotheby’s will present a month-long programme of exhibitions and events marking this national milestone.
Spanning the visual, performing, literary and culinary arts, and providing a platform for the next generation of artists, the Jubilee season will showcase the breadth, diversity and excellence of British creativity. The galleries will be taken over by specially curated exhibitions of royal portraits, rare aristocratic jewels and important manuscripts, including works loaned from prestigious private collections from 28 May–15 June.
Alongside the exhibitions, visitors can attend talks, debates and musical and dramatic performances centered around the themes of arts and creativity, history and youth and future. Coinciding with the Jubilee, Sotheby’s will also hold “British Art: The Jubilee Auction” on June 29 – a sale dedicated to the very best of British art, from the Old Masters, through 20th-century giants to some of the greatest living artists still working today.
As part of Sotheby’s support of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, the sale will include a new unique work of The Queen donated by Chris Levine, proceeds from which will benefit the Pageant.
Chatsworth, home to the Devonshire family, has collaborated with Sotheby’s Restaurant, where the Jubilee menus will feature Chatsworth estate-reared lamb, fresh produce from the Chatsworth kitchen gardens, Chatsworth Gin cocktails and a range of locally-sourced ingredients from across the Derbyshire Dales.
Sotheby’s Jubilee celebrations and British Art auction will be presented in partnership with Aston Martin – which holds a Royal Warrant since 1913. The partnership with Sotheby’s will celebrate Aston Martin’s 109 years of British design and engineering mastery as well.
“Britain has long been known for its creativity and The Queen has been at the helm of this throughout her reign – both as custodian of a world-class collection, and the inspiration for artists, designers and more. This year, Her Majesty will become the first British Monarch to celebrate seventy years of service, the perfect opportunity for Sotheby’s, with our unique position at the helm of both art and luxury, to celebrate creativity in all its forms - art, music, literature, food, fashion and performing arts,” says Frances Christie, Deputy Chairman, Sotheby’s UK and Ireland.