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The internationally renowned auction house Christie’s has been hit by a cyber attack. The auction house is known for selling items of high value.

For spring, the US-based auction house has planned auctions selling items ranging from a van Gogh painting to a rare wine.

Usually, interested buyers can view items that are made available for auction on Christie’s website so that they get an idea of what it could be going for on the day of the auction.

Now, the cyber attackers have made the online capability absolute. A representative for the auction house told the BBC that it has been the victim of a “technology security incident.”

“Christie’s has in place well-established protocols and practices, which are regularly tested, to manage such incidents.”

The auction house has set up an alternative website with basic information about the items that are about to be auctioned off.

The representative has also confirmed that bids can still be placed over the phone and in person. These alternatives have always been available for would-be buyers.

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