With more than twenty auctions over five days, Sotheby’s autumn sale series in Hong Kong defied expectations. Fierce bidding from new buyers and experienced collectors alike resulted in several artist records as well as 100%-sold sales, including The Sublime – Wou-Ki Zao, a sale of sixteen works on paper by the artist, and the collection of renowned Japanese dealer Sakamoto Gorō. Other highlights include #TTTOP, a special auction guest-curated by Korean star T.O.P, which is now the highest-value sale of western contemporary art ever held during a major auction series in Hong Kong. With a grand total of HK$22 billion (US$285 million), not to mention six sales on 5 October alone achieving HK$603 million (US$77.2 million), Sotheby’s Hong Kong performance proved the market is alive and thriving. To discover more about the sales and their best-selling lots, click ahead. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Hong Kong – Sanyu’s figure drawings are an embodiment of the artist’s creativity and imagination. These works opened the door of modern art to new vistas, and propelled the artist to the ranks of the great masters. The men and women portrayed under Sanyu’s brush are taken from the settings of the everyday, but under the artist’s unique facilities of observation and imagination, they are endowed with a new aesthetic. Using soft and dynamic lines, the artist captures transient flashes of inspiration. SANYU FEMME À LA JUPE VIOLETTE, 1920/30S. ESTIMATE HK$350,000 – 500,000.
Hong Kong – 2016 has been a remarkable year for Sotheby’s Hong Kong, with a 22% increase in sale totals over the same period last year. Bidders throughout Asia and around the world competed vigorously for works entrusted to Sotheby’s for sale, driving exceptional results across collecting categories. This season’s success was driven by notable collections and themed sales from collectors around the globe, curated by our team of talented specialists. These special sales not only added an air of anticipation and excitement to the season, but also produced superior results.