Total: HK$377,693,750 / US$48,949,110 / £31,424,120 / €39,733,383
Both sales together garnered a grand total that exceeded HKD450million, demonstrating collectors' love of traditional Chinese calligraphy and paintings. Works by acclaimed artists with excellent provenance from private collections were especially successful. Bada Shanren and Wang Duo in the classical category and pioneering modern Chinese artists such as Lin Fengmian, Qi Baishi, Wu Guanzhong and Xu Beihong saw solid results. These auctions manifest collectors' enduring appreciation of the visual arts of China, said Ben Kong, Deputy Chairman of Christie's Asia and International Director of Christie's Chinese Paintings Department.