The sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art achieved a combined total of HK$751 million/ US$96 million - the Second Highest Combined Total for a Sale Series In This Category at Sothebys Hong Kong. The unprecedented success is due to a large extent to the notable increase in competition for the very best across a range of fields. Objects of stunning beauty and of importance to Chinese history and Chinese aesthetic achievement attracted the interest and attention of cross-over buyers to the collecting area who had previously only pursued other categories. Both established collectors and new buyers engaged in intense competition which drove the final prices for many of the rarest objects to multiples of the high estimates and established numerous records.
Outstanding results include an Imperially Inscribed Bamboo-Veneer Ruyi-Sceptre, Qianlong Period (sold for HK$15.8 million - World Record For A Bamboo Carving At Auction), an Important & Superb Imperially Inscribed Tai Shang Huang Di White Jade Seal, Yubi Seal Mark And Period Of Qianlong (sold for HK$96 million - World Record For White Jade And Imperial Seal At Auction), a Very Important And Magnificent Ceremonial Court Pearl Necklace, Qing Dynasty, 18th Century (sold for HK$68 million - World Record For Any Imperial Jewel At Auction), an Outstanding And Extremely Rare Three-Tiered Beijing Enamelled Box, Mark And Period Of Qianlong (sold for HK$28 million - World Record For Beijing Imperial Enamel Ware At Auction).