CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK TOTALS $44,316,701 FOR THE FALL 2007 SERIES OF ASIAN ART SALES The Fall 2007 edition of Asia Week at Christie’s New York realized $44,316,701, the second highest total for Asia Week at Christie’s New York.
Gandharan Buddhist Art from the Collection of a Prince ~ Indian and Southeast Asian Art ~ September 20
“The two classical Indian Art sales at Christie’s, Gandharan Buddhist Art from the Collection of a Prince and Indian and Southeast Asian Ar Including Property from the Collections of Ariane Dandois and Robert H. Ellsworth, totaled an unprecedented $11.6 million, far succeeding the previous record total in the field at Christie’s New York. The top lot of the sale was the 10th/11th century gilt-bronze Buddha from the Ellsworth collection which realized $657,000. The Gandharan Buddhist Collection of a Prince was led by a gable relief, 2nd/3rd century which fetched $529,000 and totaled $2,175,350.
Total: $11,636,975 Sold by Lot: 81% Sold by $: 87% Pre-Sale Estimate: $7.4/10.4 million
Fall 2007 Continuation
Asian Contemporary Art
Asian contemporary art is one of the fastest growing areas in the market. As the market leader in the field, Christie’s realized a worldwide total for the category of $89.7 million of the spring season of 2007. The fall presents an equally attractive story with Asian contemporary art being offered in London, New York and Hong Kong with a total value in excess of $50 million.
London ~ Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale ~ October 15
An exceptionally strong selection of Chinese contemporary art will offer works by many of the leading artists in the field. Painting highlights include Yue Minjun’s (b. 1962) early work Sunshine, 1993, portraying the artist’s brother after he was sent to prison (estimate: £500,000-700,000) and Remember and Forget, 2003 by leading contemporary Chinese artist Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958) (estimate: £300,000-400,000).
New York ~ Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales ~ November 13 & 14
The November Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale will include Zeng Fanzhi’s Mask Series 1995 No. 5 (estimate: $700,000-900,000) and Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline Series: Mother with Three Sons (The Family Portrait), 1993 (estimate: $1.8 – 2.2 million). The Day sales will include Zao
Wou-ki’s Untitled (estimate: $180,000-$220,000).
Hong Kong ~ Asian Contemporary Art ~ November 25
One of the Hong Kong highlights of Asian Contemporary Art is Cai Guo-Qiang’s Drawing for Asia Pacific Economic Corporation, 2002 (estimate: $3.6 – 4.6 million). Further artists featured include Yue Minjun, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Yeh and Zhang Xiaogang.
Classical Asian Art
The increased focus on contemporary Asian art and on Asia in general has also shed a new light on the classical Asian art landscape. Our Hong Kong sales at the end of November will present an extraordinary array of treasures from the Chinese past.
Hong Kong ~ November 26 & 27
A single owner sale, Important Chinese Jades from the Personal Collection of Alan and Simone Hartman Part II, will showcase the beauty and preciousness of jade. The collection was assembled over the past fifty years by renowned New York-based dealer and collector Alan Hartmann and his wife Simone and is comprised of Chinese jade and jadeite carvings ranging from the Neolithic period to the 19th century, many