News & Features

Calculating art and jewellery insurance premium

20 July 2015

Many people often ask questions about insurance premium rates for art and jewellery coverage.

A professional art and jewellery insurance policy should cover on a worldwide basis including but not limited to fire, water damage, theft, robbery, burglary, and/or accidental damage that maybe caused during an exhibition or display, wearing, hand-carrying, packing and unpacking, and moving.

Affordable art insurance

6 July 2015

Paying an exorbitant insurance premium rate for your fine art collection with no recourse to re-negotiate? Two insurance specialists offer their views on how to secure the best protection plan at minimum cost.


Independent art insurance consultant Charles Liu has a headstart when it comes to figuring out what individual and institutional art collectors really need and don’t need in order to safeguard their assets.

Chinese classical painting sales on the upswing for Sotheby’s

10 June 2015

Anonymous (Ming Dynasty), Collection of Buddhist Sutras


Sotheby’s first dedicated sale of classical Chinese paintings in Asia in over a decade will be held at its upcoming Hong Kong Autumn sale.

The artworks are by distinguished Chinese painters from the 14th to 19th centuries.

Sotheby’s Classical Chinese Paintings head Rongde Zhang will work with  Hong Kong-based specialist Sally Fong to curate the bi-annual sales in Asia.

Sotheby’s Beijing achieves US$6.49mil

3 June 2015

Zao Wou-Ki’s 15.2.93 Sold For RMB 10.86 Million / HK$13.57 Million / US$1.74 Million

Sotheby’s Beijing Spring Sale 2015 concluded on June 2 with the Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art Auction totalling RMB 40.48 million / HK$50.6 million / US$6.49 million.

Arie Smit painting sets record at Christie’s Hong Kong

2 June 2015

The two-day sales on May 30 & 31 at Christie’s Hong Kong on Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art reflect the growing global prominence of Asian artists, as international collectors showed their affirmation of Asian art with a modern interpretation.

Christie’s brought the theme of Asian abstract art into a broader global context and achieved strong prices for both modern and contemporary artists.

Chinese masters such as Chu Teh-Chun (1920-2014) continue to assert their presence at auction, with ‘Le 30, Oct 1985’ becoming the top selling lot in the sales.

Christie’s Asian Art Week

11 March 2015

Held in New York, Christie’s Asian Art Week will present works from several private collections that include Indian and Southeast Asian works of art, Chinese paintings and 17th century Chinese ceramics from The Collection of Julia and John Curtis.

The week will also feature a series of sales, lectures and public events chaired by the Collection of Robert Hatfield Ellsworth, the esteemed American scholar, dealer and collector whose work pioneered the study and appreciation of Asian art around the world.

IJM Land, The Edge to promote Asian art

12 February 2015

Property developer IJM Land Bhd has entered into a two-year partnership with The Edge Media Group in support of The Edge Galerie, an art gallery here that focuses on Malaysian and Southeast Asian art.

The partnership will see IJM Land supporting activities such as auctions and art exhibitions organised by The Edge Galerie.

IJM Land chief executive officer Datuk Soam Heng Choon said the partnership is an opportunity for the developer to diversify into other areas of interest of its clientele.

US$45mil thangka is world’s most expensive work of art

27 November 2014

Imperial Embroidered Silk Thangka, Yongle Six-Character Presentation Mark and of the period (1402–1424) | Price Realized: HK$ 348,440,000 (US$45,157,824)

World auction records were broken in Christie’s Nov 26 sale in Hong Kong, where total sales of Chinese ceramics and works topped HK$716 million (about US$92 million).

Sotheby’s HK 2-day sale exceeds US$12mil

24 November 2014

Auction scene of the top lot – Lot 88, the Qianlong famille-rose porcelain ‘Landscape and Imperial ‎Poem’ Snuff Bottle (24 November).


A two-day Chinese art sale by Sotheby’s Hong Kong achieved more than twice of its pre-sale estimate, bringing in total sales of HK$99.3 million (US$ 12.7 million).