The sales of Chinese Works of Art were held in Hong Kong on 7 October. An Imperial Painting of Chunhui, the Qianlong Emperor’s favourite Consort, by Court Artist Giuseppe Castiglione was sold for HK$137.4 million/US$17.6 million after over 20 minutes of bidding, setting a world auction record for a Chinese Imperial portrait. The auction of Ming Furniture – The Dr S Y Yip Collection was 100% sold, achieving HK$260 million / US$33 million and over 90% surpassing high estimates.
The sale represents the personal journey of a collector inspired by the evolution of Buddhist sculpture in the Vajrayana tradition, the esoteric path to enlightenment. Originating in 7th century Kashmir and ranging across the vast Himalayan plateau through Nepal, Tibet and finally Qing dynasty China, everyone of the eighteen figures is unique, endowed with the individual spirit under which it was commissioned for the original tantric practitioner.