1730 – James Christie was born in London.
1766 – Art auction firm founded by James Christie in London.
– Christie became the friend of such artists and craftsmen as Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, and Thomas Chippendale,
– His premises became a gathering place for collectors, dealers, and fashionable society.
– His knowledge of valuable art was reflected in the types of transactions
1803 – Died in London.