News & Features

Rare Picasso Works in HK exhibition & sale

22 March 2018

Panorama: A New Perspective – a selling exhibition featuring over 40 paintings and sculptures by the foremost names in Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art – will open to the public from 29th March to 3rd April, alongside Sotheby’s Spring 2018 Hong Kong Sale Series. 

Sanyu work to debut in HK auction after 60 years in private hands

20 March 2018

Sotheby’s Evening Sales of Modern Art and Contemporary Art offer over 90 lots and have a combined estimate in excess of HK$640 million (US$82million).

The auctions will consist of a line-up of Western Contemporary and Modern Art, as well as an array of rare works by Modern and Contemporary Asian masters.

Leading the Modern Art Evening Sale is a portrait work by Sanyu (1901-1966) entitled Nu endormi, an important oil painting from the pinnacle of the artist’s career.

Upbeat contemporary art market

15 March 2018

There was intense bidding for choice lots at The Edge Auction 2018: Southeast Asian Art, which indicates that despite the weak market, there is still demand for fine art. Held on March 11, the auction saw sales of RM1.48 million with more than half of the 124 lots sold.


The Edge Auction 2018 ended on an upbeat note with a record sale for Malaysian contemporary artist Chong Siew Ying — her Laugh 1 (The Champion) went for RM86,268, including the 10% premium.

Laughter leads at The Edge Auction

12 March 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The Edge Auction 2018: Southeast Asian Art ended with applause and laughter yesterday when Chong Siew Ying’s Laugh 1 (2002; acrylic on canvas) fetched RM78,000 (excluding the 10% buyer’s premium), more than 2½ times above its low estimate of RM29,000.

The exuberant portrait, from Chong’s series of laughing faces, is painted in black-and-white tones against a pink background. It is the first piece from the series, done mostly in Paris where she was based then, to be put up for auction.

Giving my advice to auctioneers

5 March 2018

I recently returned home from what has become my annual “auctioneer convention season” including conferences and other events in Ohio, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Texas and West Virginia. For most of these events, I served as a speaker/presenter talking about a myriad of auction-related issues.

Edge auction preview

5 March 2018

At the launch of The Edge Auction 2018 preview last Wednesday, Au Foong Yee, managing director and editor-in-chief of and managing director of The Edge Galerie, said: “With 124 lots on offer, there is a wide range of artworks from all genres to choose from.

“These include contemporary, modern, batik and Nanyang-style artworks to alternative mediums such as lithography and gelatine silver print as well as mixed-media works to serve the wide spectrum of buyers in the art market.”

The French-Singaporean- Malaysian art connection

1 March 2018
 Latiff and Catherine David


PARIS: Some 70 works of Malaysian national artist Latiff Mohidin’s Pago Pago series from the 1960s were unveiled at a VIP evening preview at Centre Pompidou in Paris to great aplomb on Tuesday.

Hammer time

23 February 2018
Tao Landscape (Homage to Lao-Tzu) is a rare work. The painting relates to the Chinese classic text, Tao Te Ching, which Latiff Mohidin had translated into Malay.


Picasso's Le Matador Up For Auction

21 February 2018

A portrait painting by Picasso, entitled Le Matador will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s London Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale on Feb 28.

According to a press release by Sotheby’s, this is the portrait’s first public appearance since 1973 when it was exhibited at the Palais des Papes in Avignon, shortly after the artist's death that year.