#TTTOP, a special contemporary art evening sale guest-curated by Asian pop icon T.O.P, was a triumph, realising a total of HK$136 million / US$17.4 million with multiple auction records set. Exceeding the pre-sale high estimate, this sale is also the highest-value sale of Western contemporary art ever held during a major auction series in Hong Kong. A portion of sale proceeds will benefit the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) to support emerging Asian artists.
#TTTOP, Sotheby’s evening auction of Western and Asian contemporary art in Hong Kong guest-curated by Asian pop icon T.O.P. The sale celebrates the rise of young Asian collectors who seek art across cultural boundaries. By showcasing new and important Asian artists who enjoy global recognition alongside their Western counterparts, the sale unites various generations, cultures, styles and schools of thought. Leading the Western section is Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Infantry (1983). From the collection of internationally renowned Japanese art collector Mr. Yusaku Maezawa, the piece joins the auction as a gesture of support from Mr. Maezawa for T.O.P, his younger collector friend, and his debut curatorial endeavour. Dating from 1983, Infantry is a powerful work by Basquiat painted during his prime. The vibrant composition evokes the spirit of the New York art scene of the time.
Estimated at approximately HK$90,000,000 / US$11,500,000, the sale brings together over 25 lots of contemporary artworks. This selection not only reflects T.O.P’s artistic choices, but also the international taste of the young Asian collecting community. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Asian Cultural Council (ACC) to provide opportunities to emerging Asian artists.