Fine Chinese Paintings Spring Sale saw unprecedented success, with the phenomenal total sale result - combined Various-Owner and Single-Owner - of HK$418 million (against a presale combined estimate of HK$241,097,000-289,858,000), achieving Sotheby's Highest Ever Seasonal Total for This Category. The sale was 97% sold by lot and 98.8 % sold by value. The results are testament to the appeal of Sotheby's strategy of assembling a sale of great quality works, fresh to the market at attractive estimates and letting the market set the prices. Buyers and bidders both in the packed saleroom and participating on the telephone from all over Asia responded with extraordinary enthusiasm: Fu Baoshi's Chess Playing from 1943 sold for HK$38.74 million, multiplying the estimate of HK$5-7million; Zhang Daqian's 1981 Hanging Scroll Landscape brought HK$21,94 million (est. HK$3.2-4.5 million) and his 1948 Landscape After Ancient Master (Lot 652) more than tripled its high estimate (HK$5 million) to fetch the impressive price of HK$16.34 million; Pan Tianshou's Hen On The Rock fetched HK$17.46 million, doubling its high estimate of HK$7 million.