Sotheby’s Spring 2018 Hong Kong auction series concluded today with a grand total of HK$3.64 billion / US$466.5 million, against a pre-sale estimate of HK$2.75 – 3.86 billion / US$353-495 million, and with a strong combined sell-through rate of 89%.

“We delivered outstanding results for our clients and shareholders this week,” said Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO. “Outstanding prices across different categories coupled with a strong sell-through rate indicate that clients throughout Asia are engaged at every level. The past week of auctions, exhibitions and art fairs has left no doubt of Asia’s central position in the art market.” 

Contemporary Art Evening Sale Totals HK$ 398 Million (US$ 50.7 Million). Robert Rauschenberg, CARTOON. Lot sold for HK$38,974,500.

“With an overall total that is second only to our 40th anniversary celebrations back in 2013, this is an historic result for both Sotheby’s and the art market in Asia,” commented Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia. “Our strength in both traditional collecting categories as well as innovative and new selling formats position us well to continue to drive the growth of this thriving market.” 

Modern Art Evening Sale Totals HK$ 638.4 Million (US$ 81.3 Million).
Sanyu, Nu endormi. Lot sold for HK$46,877,500.

“Our success this week is the product of more than four decades of investment in Asia,” said Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia. “Spanning many centuries and collecting categories, the top lots on offer this week demonstrate the depth of our client relationships and the breadth of our expertise in sourcing and selling the world’s finest objects. It was this insight into the evolving taste of today’s collectors that drove the success of our most ambitious offering of Western Art in Asia to date.” 

HIGHLIGHTS SPAN CENTURIES AND CATEGORIES:

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART TOTALS HK$1.28 BILLION / US$164 MILLION AND SETS SEVENTEEN RECORDS
• Evening Sale brings HK1.04 billion / $132 million, the second highest total for a Hong Kong evening sale at Sotheby’s, and with 100% of all Western Modern & Contemporary works sold

Modern and Contemporary Art Evening Sales Achieve HK$1.04 Billion (US$ 132 Million). Zao Wou-Ki, 26.04.62. Lot sold for HK$85,263,500.

• Contemporary Art Day Sale doubles expectations and achieves a sell-through rate of 95%

SALES OF CHINESE WORKS OF ART TOTAL HK$1.08 BILLION / US$138.1 MILLION
• Two Sets of Ming Dynasty Imperial Sutras sell for HK$239 million / US$30.4 million, an auction record for a Buddhist Manuscript

Two Sets of Ming Dynasty Imperial Sutras Achieve HK$239 Million (US$30.4 Million).

• Qing Dynasty Gold-Pink Falangcai Bowl, unseen on the market for over 30 years, sells for HK$239 million / US$30.4 million

Qing Dynasty Gold-Pink Falangcai Bowl Sells For HK$239 Million (US$30.4 Million).

• A rediscovered Imperial Handscroll achieves HK$147 million / US$18.7 million after a 40 minute battle and over 100 bids

Rediscovered Imperial Handscroll Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan Achieves HK$147 Million (US$18.7 Million).

FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS ACHIEVES HK$487 MILLION / US$62 MILLION WITH A SELL THROUGH RATE OF 85%

• “Spectacular Mountains in Spring Snow; Calligraphy” by Zhang Daqian sells for HK$83 million / US$10.6 million, double the high estimate

Fine Chinese Paintings Spring Sale Totals HK$487 Million (US$62 Million). Zhang Daqian, Spectacular Mountains in Spring Snow; Calligraphy (a pair), 1967. Lot sold for HK$ 83,005,500.

WINE AUCTIONS ACHIEVE A WORLD RECORD TOTAL OF HK228.3 MILLION / US$29.1 MILLION
• 1,758 lots in three auctions are 100% sold

Chateau Margaux 2015. Lot sold for HK$922,500.

• The Philanthropist’s Cellar sets a record for a single-owner Wine sale at Sotheby’s in Asia, totaling HK$127.2 million / US$16.2 million

IMPORTANT WATCHES TOTALS HK$139 MILLION / US$17.7 MILLION, HIGHEST TOTAL IN ASIA SINCE SPRING 2015

An Important and Extremely Rare Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch Ref 1579. Sold for HK$8.76 million / US$1.1 million.

• Vintage masters were led by an Important and Extremely Rare Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch Ref 1579 that sold for HK$8.76 million / US$1.1 million

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