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Asia Week | Fall 2019

6-14 September | New York
With seven auctions of Chinese art spanning 4,000 years of history, Sotheby’s Asia Week totaled $37.4 million in New York this September.

Highlights included over 300 Chinese works of art that were gifted by renowned philanthropists and collectors Florence and Herbert Irving to the Metropolitan Museum of Art which brought $11.1 million, sold across a dedicated single-owner sale and a sequence in Saturday at Sotheby’s: Asian Art Featuring Chinese Art from the Metropolitan Museum of Art - The Florence and Herbert Irving Gift. The top lots of the week were a magnificent handscroll in cursive script by Zhu Yunming that sold for $1.6 million, and a Qianlong mark and period large and extremely rare blue and white ‘immortals’ vase sold by a Pennsylvania cultural institution, which realized $1.4 million. Other noteworthy results include the second sale of ancient Chinese art from the Junkunc collection which brought $4.6 million, a selection of Chinese Buddhist figures formerly in the Chang Foundation Collection that achieved $2.2 million, a Yongle mark and period gilt-bronze figure of Avalokiteshvara that sold for $620,000, and a Japanese private collection of Chinese and Korean art that totaled $2 million.

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