Collectors responded with enormous enthusiasm to the wide selection of Contemporary Asian Art assembled by the Sotheby’s team for the sales, achieving a two-day total of HK$368 million - well over the high estimate. The top lot of the sale, Zhang Enli’s Dancing No. 2, was sold for HK$6.64 million. Sotheby’s introduced curated sections Important Contemporary Chinese Photography and Video and Contemporary Japanese Showcase which performed strongly. The new Zhang Xiaogang record achieved in the Evening Sale reaffirmed Sotheby's dominance of the auction market for the contemporary master, with Sotheby's holding the top six prices for the artist worldwide.
Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art Department has meticulously selected around 20 works in presenting the new face of contemporary Asian art. In particular, we have devoted a specially-curated section to rare installation works by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. At the same time, we have also curated a thematic section on Japanese contemporary photography, featuring important works by Japanese masters such as Nobuyoshi Araki and Daido Moriyama. Other highlights include Dancing No. 2, one of the early works by Zhang Enli from the artist’s first solo exhibition.