François Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Asia Pacific, spoke of the extraordinary energy that accompanied Christie’s Hong Kong 2016 spring auctions, which also marked the company’s 30th anniversary in Asia.
‘The last three decades have been an amazing journey,’ confirmed Jonathan Stone, International Head of Asian Art, as collectors converged at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre for a week of auctions, events, exhibitions and panel discussions.
The anniversary celebrations came to a close with 30 Years: The Sale, a 100-per-cent sold, cross-category Evening Sale, with more than 40 per cent of lots hammered down above their high estimate. The top lot was a magnificent large blue and white ‘dragon’ jar (1426-1435), which realised HK$ 158,040,000 / US$ 20,447,642.
Leading The Imperial sale was Prince Kung’s ‘Dragon and Phoenix’ Tianhuang Seals, which achieved a world record price for any Tianhuang seal sold at auction, realising HK$85,240,000/ US$11,024,686.
In the Magnificent Jewels sale, the Aurora Green fetched HK$ 130 million / US$ 16.8 million, a world record auction price for a green diamond. The five additional jewels offered in 30 Years: The Sale totalled HK$ 191,640,000 / US$ 24,794,901, and included three world records.
No. 2A Dayabao Hutong – The Legend of 20th Century Chinese Art, a non-selling exhibition and Christie’s Art Forum event, proved to be hugely popular, conveying the stories of artists including Li Keran, Li Kuchan, Zhang Ding, Dong Xiwen, Hou Yiming, Huang Yongyu, Li Ruinian, Song Huaigui, Yan Han, Zhou Lingzhao and Zhu Danian, who lived and worked together at No. 2A Dayabao Hutong.
‘Through gathering the descendants of these artists at Christie’s, people will have a better picture of what these 20th-century Chinese painting masters experienced in their journey of art,’ commented Mr. Li Xiaoke and Ms. Liu Ying of the Li Keran Art Foundation.
Elsewhere in a packed schedule of events, Ms. Rebecca Wei, President of Christie’s Asia, was joined by collectors Mr. Pierre Chan and Mr. Adrian Cheng in a special Contemporary Art forum, while renowned watchmakers Mr. Stephen Forsey and Mr. Philippe Dufour discussed the top lot in the Important Watches sale: the first ‘School Watch’ made for the Naissance d'une Montre project.