This spring, Sotheby’s 20th Century Chinese Art sale is replete with museum-quality works, including abstract paintings by Zao Wou-Ki such as his powerful diptychs 10.03.83 and 10.12.59, Chu Teh-Chun’s sublime snow-scene 25 Décembre 1985 and his early calligraphic work Composition No. 19 – Lumière obscure.From the Realist genre, Wang Yidong’s early work Teasing the Newlyweds, from an important private collection, will be offered. Completed in 1998, this painting was the artist’s first work depicting a wedding scene. Other masterpieces include Ai Xuan’s romantic Longing from his Tibetan Series and Wu Guanzhong’s A Mountain Village of Xibaipo, a beautiful depiction of a Chinese landscape.
This sale achieved a total of HK$204.6 million / US$26.2 million, exceeding pre-sale estimate (in excess of HK$145 – 194 million / US$ 18.5 – 24.8 million*).
The top lot of the sale, Zao Wou-Ki’s 10.03.83, a rare diptych debuting at auction, fetched over HK$37 million / US$4.75 million. (Est. HK$25 – 32 million / US$3.2 – 4.1 million*).