News & Features

Asian Art Auctions in NY

4 September 2014

Christie’s series of six sales in New York from Sept 16-19 will offer over 1,000 lots of Asian art of exceptional quality and rarity that span the centuries.

Held in conjunction with Asian Art Week for Fall 2014, among the highlights is Christie’s first sale in New York devoted to the finest examples of cloisonné enamels from private American collections.

Chinese masterpieces from the Ullens Collection

2 September 2014

These museum-quality works by renowned artists such as Fang Lijun, Zeng Fanzhi and Zhang Xiaogang have never appeared at auction. Each considered highly representative of the artists’ oeuvres, together they are an exceptional selection of seminal works which define the early development of contemporary Chinese art.

Thirty-seven works will be offered in the Modern and Contemporary Asian Art – Evening Sale and the Contemporary Asian Art Day Sale taking place on Oct 5 & 6 respectively, with a total estimate of HK$111.5 million / US$14.3 million.

Latiff’s Challenge

22 August 2014

Although courted and feted by many, Latiff Mohidin chooses to remain detached and introspective so as to avoid being distracted from his singular pursuit— to excel in the arts. He does it by reading,writing,translating,sketch- ing,sculpting and painting, cocooned in his sprawling beachside house in Teluk Kumbar, several kilometres from the Penang International Airport in Bayan Lepas. Having relocated here over a decade ago due to health reasons, the 72-year-old lives a quiet life, going to the local mosque to fulfil his religious duty and enjoying classical music at home.

Art of Brett Bailey & Keith Lane

14 August 2014

The work of Brett Bailey and Keith Lane is presented at the Melbourne Art Fair from August 13 to 17 by the Art Atrium gallery.

After a successful exhibition at Sydney Contemporary in 2013, Bailey has been working on a new series of Australian landscape paintings and works on paper on display at the Melbourne Art Fair.

Auction of Quirky Collectibles

14 August 2014

The upcoming auction of the personal collection of Japanese designer, music producer and creative entrepreneur NIGO® is touted to pack an explosive mix of the best mid-century design, hip hop bling jewellery, street art, vintage toy and fashion collectibles.

To be held on Oct 7 during Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sale Series 2014 the sale 
dubbed, NIGO® ONLY LIVES TWICE, celebrates the designer’s 25 years as an influential force in the fashion scene.

US$1mil Ballerina Butterfly brooch for auction in HK

8 August 2014

Co-designed by jewellery artist Cindy Chao and American actress Sarah Jessica Parker, the 2014 Black Label Masterpiece “Ballerina Butterfly” brooch is estimated to fetch  HK$6–7 million (US$750,000 – 950,000) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on Oct 7 benefiting The New York City Ballet (NYCB).

Contemporary fine jewellery artist Chao, is globally recognised for her intricate designs of rare, colourful gemstones. She has collaborated with actress, entrepreneur and philanthropist Parker, on this singular jewellery creation.

Sotheby’s HK Autumn Sale

7 August 2014

Zao Wou-Ki, 14.12.62 1962 , oil on canvas, 130 x 97 cm

Wu Guanzhong,The Qianling Mountains, 1972, oil on board, 46 x 46 cm

Chinese ceramics, paintings, contemporary ink paintings, contemporary Southeast Asian paintings, jewellery, watches and wines will take centre stage in Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales  from Oct 4-8.

Contemporary sculptures

23 July 2014

One of the largest installations to date by Chinese artist Xu Bing will be among the highlights of  Beyond Limits 2014  sculpture exhibition at Chatsworth in the UK, announced Sotheby’s.                                                                                                                           Over the last eight years, Sotheby’s Beyond Limits exhibition at Chatsworth has been established as one of the most prestigious selling exhibitions of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture and a key event in the art world calendar.

Christie’s Art Sales records RM14.6 Billion

18 July 2014

Christie’s announces sales of £2.69 billion (RM14.6 billion), up 12% (US$4.47 billion, up 22%), for the first half of this year.

Christie’s strategy to connect with more collectors globally underpins the results, with the figures driven by an increase in the value of artworks sold across categories, geographies and price levels.

Digital engagement and new buyers coming to the market have continued to drive growth with new clients representing 24% of all buyers and 15% of the sales total in the first half of 2014.

Sotheby’s sets new benchmarks in Asia

18 July 2014

For the first six months of 2014, Sotheby’s Asia auction sales achieved over RM1.5 billion (HK$3.82 billion / US$490 million), a 47% increase on the same period last year and a season high total amongst international auction houses in Asia.

In the first six months of 2014 in Asia, Sotheby’s sold three works of art for more than HK$100 million (RM41.1 million). More than 20 world auction records were set, capped by the exceptional Meiyintang “Chicken Cup” which established a World Auction Record for Chinese Porcelain.