Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn auctions of Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art realised a combined total of HK$847 million/US$109 million, set 40 new artist world auction records, and achieved the second highest total for an evening sale in the category at Christie’s. Works from Japan’s Gutai Art Association, the first avant-garde art movement in Asia, and Korean artists performed exceptionally well, with Kaien by Kazuo Shiraga realising HK$23,640,000/US$3,061,380 and Untitled by Kim Whan-Ki selling for more than three times its high estimate. In addition, Southeast Asian Art has been increasingly successful since it was integrated into a wider Pan-Asian platform three years ago; View from the Hilltop by Le Pho was sold for HK$6,520,000/US$844,992, a world auction record for Vietnamese art, underlining the cross-regional appeal of this diverse category. Finally, works by Sanyu, Zao Wou-Ki, Wu Guanzhong, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Ye, Yayoi Kusama and other 20th century and contemporary masters continue to be sought-after by collectors from across Asia and beyond for their universal artistic value.
Christie’s Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art department is now accepting consignments to the forthcoming Asia+ sale in Hong Kong as well as the Hong Kong and Shanghai Spring auctions. Please do not hesitate to contact any member of our international team for a free and confidential valuation or to discuss buying and selling with Christie’s.