Asia Week | Fall 2018

Impressive Results Achieved

Sotheby’s continues to lead the Chinese art market in North America and beyond, with exceptional results achieved in 2018. This September, over 750 Chinese works of art, paintings and calligraphy spanning centuries achieved $33.9 million at auction, bringing the total sales of Asian art in New York this year to $113.4 million.


The top lot across Asia Week Fall 2018 was the exceptional Tang dynasty standing bodhisattva from the esteemed collection of Stephen Junkunc III, which sold for $4.3 million against an estimate of $1.5 – 2.5 million. Also noteworthy was the powerful Shang dynasty, Yinxu period archaic bronze zun from a Japanese private collection that achieved $1.5 million.

The Fine Classical Chinese Painting & Calligraphy sales were led by a landscape by Wang Yuanqi from the Roy and Marilynn Papp Collection, selling for $1.2 million. Bridge to Mountain Temple Shrouded by Prismatic Clouds, one of Zhang Daqian’s iconic splashed-ink landscapes from the collection of Tang Hung and Fung Bi-Che—students of the modern ink master—sold for three times its estimate, achieving $915,000.

To learn more about the market or Sotheby’s Asian art sales, contact us or submit an estimate request.


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