Over two days in Hong Kong, the 20th Century Chinese Art sales triumphed with a stunning total of HK$414 million. The top lot of the sale, Zao Wou-Ki’s 16.03.88, was sold for HK$8.84 million. Sotheby’s continues to dominate the auction market for this key 20th Century Chinese artist’s work, having achieved all top six prices for the artist at auction. Our extensive offering of paintings by Chinese artists who worked in North America - including David Wu Ject-Key, Hon-Chew Hee, and Shen Hanwu - resulted in record prices for these important exemplars of 20th Century Chinese artistic output.
This season's Eyes on Art gathers renowned galleries around the globe to share experience and recommend artists to further explore a visionary collection; Sotheby's will also feature Chinese Artists in North America and raise recognition for the Chinese artists' achievements in North America. Among the offerings is the Self-portrait by Yun Gee (Zhu Yuan-Zhi) who was only 20 years old when creating this ingenious masterpiece, filled with geometry and exquisite colours representing Synchromism while beating the West Coast Art at the time. This work has been circulated in good order with a full exhibition record, and is certain to capture the world’s attention during our day sales.