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October 2011




Christie’s launches the 2011 fall season of auctions this week. Christie’s International Real Estate continues to build on the interconnectivity of the client base present at the sales by displaying our global properties at all the important art events. London gets the season underway with the Frieze Art Fair followed by additional London highlights which include the Italian sale and Post-War and Contemporary Art sale, with works such as the superb “Candle” painting by Gerhard Richter; expected to realize US$9,100,000-14,000,000.


On the other side of the globe, the world tour of the Elizabeth Taylor Jewels moves from Moscow to Dubai for the Modern and Contemporary sales, then to New York for November’s Impressionist and Modern and Post-War and Contemporary sales. That same month, we will be gathering in Hong Kong for the Asian Art, Wine and Jewels, before returning to London for the Russian Art and Old Masters. The year will culminate with December’s sparkling Elizabeth Taylor sale in New York.


These highly-visible and far-reaching international events are just one of a multitude of ways by which we are able to drive the interests of Christie’s highly-qualified clients to Christie’s International Real Estate.





The Christie’s International Real Estate network is now 127 Brokerages strong and spans more than 40 countries. Welcome to the new Affiliates:





New iPad- and Mobile-Enabled Listing Presentation Video 


Include commentary about your Christie’s International Real Estate Affiliation in your digital listing presentations with this artful new video. Narrated by Neil Palmer, CEO, the 90-second presentation has been specially coded for an iPad or mobile device. Play the video directly from the Extranet site or download the file and embed it in your listing presentation. Visit the “Presentation Materials” page of the Extranet for details.



New Website Search Feature  


A major redesign of the Search, Advanced Search, and Search Results pages on has been launched. Highlights of the redesign include:

  • New auto-suggest features to make it easier to enter a search location or other criteria.
  • New Search by Regions (for example, “Caribbean Islands” or “Adirondack Mountains”).
  • New Search by Lifestyles (for example, “Waterfront” or “Wine Country/Vineyard”).
  • New search results pages with three redesigned views including gallery, list, and map views.

The Extranet site includes a PDF presentation about all the changes and improvements. Please contact with any questions.



New and Improved Extranet Site   


Our new and improved Extranet site was rolled out earlier this month. With its different access levels, agents can proceed directly to presentation and marketing materials, while relocation staff can target our Referral Directory and placement forms. Each company must now designate a “Gatekeeper” for the site who will, in turn, assign access levels for your personnel. The Extranet site will also be your entry to the soon-to-be-opened Online Store, which was introduced with enthusiastic reviews at last month’s Global Leadership Conference in London. Extranet training manuals and quick reference guides are now available on the Extranet home page. In addition, we will be hosting Extranet training webinars for key company administrators on October 18th, 24th, and 27th. More details will follow.






The Richard Gere Guitar Collection Fetches Nearly US$1 million 


With a passion for American vintage guitars, leading Hollywood figure Richard Gere amassed a personal collection built upon their playability and craftsmanship. The October 11th sale of the Richard Gere Guitar Collection at Christie’s New York realized US$936,438 and offered a broad representation of vintage American guitars and amplifiers from the marquee names of Gibson, Fender, Marshall, and Vox, as well as iconic guitars once belonging to Albert King and Peter Tosh. Read more>






European Regional Conference


Delegates from 18 Affiliated brokerages gathered in London last month for the 2011 EMEA (Europe, Middle East, Africa) Regional Conference. The summit provided participants the opportunity to share business-building strategies and better leverage their affiliation. Worldwide staff were on hand to discuss the Christie’s International Real Estate programs and services. Affiliates who recently joined the network—-Mike Greeff from Greeff Properties in Cape Town; Ronald Ennik from Ennik Estates in Johannesburg; and Nicolas Descamps from Cote Ouest Immobilier in southwestern France—-offered an overview of their local markets. Presentations from the conference are posted on the Extranet.



Harmonic Convergence in Telluride


In one weekend last month, Telluride, Colorado hosted both the 38th annual Telluride Film Festival as well as the nuptials of David Lauren, son of Ralph Lauren, and Lauren Bush, granddaughter of former President George H.W. Bush. With so many celebrities and dignitaries in town, what better opportunity to market a prime local property enrolled in the Bespoke Marketing Program? Steve Catsman of Telluride Real Estate Corp. made certain that 400 complimentary copies of Christie’s International Real Estate magazine with the exquisite Pa Gomo gracing the cover were distributed at the Film Festival Patrons’ Brunch. Read more>


Pictured Above: Terry Catsman, wife of Steve Catsman of Christie’s International Real Estate exclusive Affiliate Telluride Real Estate Corp., and Maureen Kaseta, assistant to Steve Catsman, pose with Telluride film festival attendee George Clooney. 



Innovative Marketing: QR Code Advertisements and Helicopter YouTube Tours 


Brett Ciarlo of Barbara Cleary’s Realty Guild produced a video starring himself with briefcase in hand and off to work on Wall Street in a helicopter. The result is an effective marketing tool to promote the only residence in Connecticut’s Fairfield County with a private airstrip. View Mr. Ciarlo, whom many of you met at the London conference at


Van Sciver Realtors demonstrated innovation in marketing as well by running a full-page advertisement, complete with a QR code, in a recent Barclays Golf Tournament catalogue. The code directed interested golfers and audience members to a specially designed Web page promoting a selection of Van Sciver’s finest New Jersey shore homes including two properties enrolled in the Bespoke Marketing Program, the Sand Castle estate and the Manor on the Manasquan.



Coach Realtors Acquires Third Firm Within 60 Days


Coach Realtors recently announced its third acquisition in 60 days, with Malverne Realty joining the long-standing Affiliate on New York’s Long Island. “This merger benefits Coach by allowing us to work with a  dedicated team of knowledgeable real estate associates with a strong commitment to the area,” said owner Lawrence P. Finn. Coach Realtors is the largest independent real estate firm on Long Island with 18 offices and over 600 associates.



Immobilsarda Srl Hosts Inaugural Golf Tournament


Pevero Golf Club, in the heart of Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda, hosted to the inaugural Immobilsarda Golf Trophy this summer. The well-attended event was sponsored by Immobilsarda Srl, the exclusive Affiliate on the Italian island of Sardinia. Attendees enjoyed local wine and gourmet delicacies at the award ceremony and browsed through Immobilsarda’s portfolio of golf properties throughout the island.


Vintage Estates Realty Opens New Myrtle Beach Office
South Carolina’s premier tourist destination, Myrtle Beach, is home to Vintage Estates Realty’s new boutique office. “Our affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate has produced great results and helped to propel our company into the forefront of our local luxury real estate market,” says Chuck Cooper, principal. “Now with two boutique offices in the area, we are poised for even greater success and can provide more comprehensive service to our clients.” The office has recently listed the firm’s first property to be enrolled in the Bespoke Marketing Program, the spectacular Ocean Estate, pictured right. Read more>





To view the complete list of properties enrolled in the program, visit Featured Properties.






Lila Delman Real Estate Announces Highest Sale in Rhode Island 


“Daybreak”, a waterfront estate in Jamestown, Rhode Island, was sold for US$6,400,000 last month by Lila Delman Real Estate associate Cynthia Moretti. This is the highest sale in Rhode Island this year. Year-to-date there have been five sales in the state of Rhode Island over US$4,000,000; Lila Delman Real Estate has participated in four of those. This is the fifth year in a row the firm has achieved the state’s highest sale.


Other recent sales from the network include:


Village Properties. Montecito, California. List Price: US$10,750,000.

Wetag Consulting. Ticino, Switzerland. List Price: CHF8,500,000. Designed by renowned architect Erhard Schmid.


Sibarth Real Estate. Mont Jean, St. Barthelémy. List Price: €4,500,000.


Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Dallas, Texas. List Price: US$5,850,000.


Village Properties. Montecito, California. List Price: US$5,750,000.


American Caribbean Real Estate, Inc. Islamorada, Florida. List Price: US$3,499,000.


Harry Norman, Realtors. Alpharetta, Georgia. List Price: US$3,300,000. Listed by Alex McGraw and Annemarie Russo, the home was purchased by R&B singer Ne-Yo. 


Otis & Ahearn Real Estate. Boston, Massachusetts. List Price: US$2,850,000.


Allie Beth Allman & Associates. Dallas, Texas. List Price: US$2,342,500.


Otis & Ahearn Real Estate. Wellesley, Massachusetts. List Price: US$1,750,000.


Telluride Real Estate Corp. Telluride, Colorado. List Price: US$1,100,000.


Report all recent sales to your Client Services Representative. Sales from the network are regularly updated for the public at



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