Contemporary Ink Art

Discovering the value of your contemporary ink art collection at Sotheby’s

Thinking of selling your works of contemporary ink art? Contact the experts.

Showcasing innovations in the ink medium by artists from around the world, the recent Contemporary Ink Art sales achieved remarkable results. In Spring 2017, the Contemporary Ink Art sale concluded with great success with 97% sold by value. Over half of the sold lots achieved prices well beyond the high estimate.

Distinctive works by great masters of contemporary ink were actively sought-after, with all eight lots by Liu Dan was sold. Consistent international bidding throughout contributed to the vibrant atmosphere with a refreshing influx of new collectors. Two artist records were set for works by Wang Jiqian, one of the foremost pioneers of contemporary ink painting known for his impression of wrinkled paper and aerial perspective of landscape composition, and by He Huaishuo, renowned for his overtly poetic and emotionally expressive ink paintings.

Overall results confirm our team’s pioneering role in introducing contemporary ink art to the international marketplace and providing this innovative aesthetic category with extraordinary momentum among worldwide collectors.


Sotheby’s is now accepting consignments for the forthcoming Contemporary Ink Art auction in Hong Kong in October 2017. To discover the value of your collection, please contact our specialists at your nearest regional office:

Mee-Seen Loong
Worldwide Head of Contemporary Ink Art Department
+1 212 606 7332


Katherine Don
Head of Contemporary Ink Art Department
+852 2822 9019




Catherine Kee
+65 6732 8239



Shu Zheng
+44 (0)207 293 5958





Shuni Li

+886 2 2757 6689


+81 3 3230 2755





Ying Wang

+86 10 6408 8771


Tina Liu

+86 21 6288 7500

Consignment closing : 1st July 2017
Upcoming auction: October 2017

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