Strong bids for works by luminaries of modern and contemporary Asian art realised a total of HK$509 million/ US$65 million. The top lot of the sale – Zao Wou-Ki’s Paysage dans la Lune, a stunning 1954 abstract painting evoking a moonlit landscape – was sold for HK$46.7 million/ US$6 million. Other remarkable results include Zeng Fanzhi’s Society No. 3, Yoshitomo Nara’s monumental The Little Ambassador and Affandi’s Borobudur and the Sun, an expressive depiction of the world’s largest Buddhist temple, which sold for HK$9.8 million/ US$1.3 million, setting a new record for the artist at auction.
This auction presents an exceptional assemblage of phenomenal works including fresh to the market masterpieces by Zao Wou-Ki - Ailleurs from the Oracle period and Zeng Fanzhi - Society No. 3. The sale also presents a single owner collection of modern Indonesian art by pioneering artists such as Hendra Gunawan and Affandi that provide an insightful glimpse into the development of the country’s artistic maturation.