To mark is 20th anniversary, China Guardian offered over 600 lots in its Aututmn Auction in Hong Kong and achieving a total of HK$510mil (RM210.1mil) after two days of sales which ended on Oct 6.
The Aututmn Auction highlights included the evening sale entitled “Grand View: A Night in Hong Kong” and a dedicated sale of “20th Century and Contemporary Chinese Art”.
The highest price achieved was Song Lizong’s Calligraphy in Regular Script which sold for HK$42.25mil, five times the estimated price.
Sotheby’s Chinese Paintings Department head C.K. Cheung said in a statement dated Oct 7: “The results of today’s sale of Fine Chinese Paintings are testament to the appeal of Sotheby’s careful sourcing strategy of assembling works of great quality with high artistic value at attractive estimates. Sotheby’s stature as an international auction house allowed us to offer paintings from an Important North American Private Collection, and other curated sections, which appeal to our clients.”
The third day of the five-day Sotheby’s Hong Kong’s Autumn 2013 sale series concluded yesterday with the day sales of 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asia Art.
The stellar line-up of works over the past three days included significant masterpieces by major artists, in celebration of Sotheby’s 40 years in Asia. Following the record-breaking Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary evening sale held on Oct 5, more auction records were established, bringing the total number of artist records from 12 to 16.
Kaffa Espresso Bar, a Kuala Lumpur-based coffee bar, recently launched its second outlet in Georgetown, Penang alongside the launch of its art gallery.
Speaking at the launch event, Dr. Darren Ng, Group Managing Director of Kaffa Espresso Bar said, “Most people perceive an espresso bar as just another coffee place with a cool name. However, it is so much more than that. It is the distinct yet subtle concept of the connection between coffee and art behind it that gives it the wow factor.”
A group of local artists comprising the likes of Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Jalaini Abu Hassan, Datuk Sharifah Fatimah Zubir, Bayu Utomo Radjikin, Kow Leong Kiang and Chong Siew Ying have contributed artworks to mount an exhibition to help raise funds for a Buddhist centre.
Other participants include senior artists Jolly Koh and Cheong Laitong as well as Eston Tan, Bibi Chew, Koh Choon Lee, Marvin Chan, Noor Mahnun Mohamad, Siund Tan, Khairul Azmir Shoib (Meme), Shia Yih Yiing, Lim Hui Lin, Pam Lim and William Mok.
The recent 7th International Art Expo Malaysia featured a fairly international spread with artworks from a number of countries including Russia, India, Hungary, Myanmar, Taiwan and the UK.
Held at the Matrade Exhibition & Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur from Sept 19-22, the art fair boasted some 60 exhibitors from 26 countries with about 2,000 works of art.
Christie’s inaugural auction in Shanghai saw a total sales achievement of RMB 154 million (US$25 million) after having completed three days of gala events, exhibitions, forums and private sales.
Amongst highlights was Cai Guo-Qiang’s gunpowder drawing, Homeland, which sold for RMB 15 million, proceeds going to the Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, or, more precisely, towards the the soon-to-be-opened Quanzhou Museum of Contemporary Art (QMoCA).
Part of the celebrations leading up to Christie’s inaugural auction in Shanghai on September 25 was graced by a gunpowder drawing created by Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang.
This autumn, Sotheby’s will present an extensive line-up of selling exhibitions, non-selling exhibitions as well as auctions in Hong Kong, Beijing and Taipei as it continues to move into high-gear as a multi-channel art business in the Asian region.