Christie's, founded in 1766 by James Christie, is the world's leading art business, with sales in 2015 that totalled £4.8 billion. The official company literature states that founder James Christie conducted the first sale in London on 5 December 1766. Christie's soon established a reputation as a leading auction house and took advantage of London's new found status as the major centre of the international art trade after the French Revolution. In 1958, it established its first overseas office, by placing a representative in Rome. The first overseas salesroom opened in Geneva, where Christie's holds jewellery auctions.