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  • 23 September 2022

Asia Art Week Results 

LIVE AUCTION TOTAL: $35,378,754 
126% HAMMER ABOVE LOW ESTIMATE
Almost 80% SOLD BY LOT

GLOBAL PARTICIPATION WITH BIDDERS FROM 37 COUNTRIES ON 5 CONTINENTS

New York – Christie’s Asian Art Week  achieved a total of $35,378,754 with almost 80% sold by lot and 117% hammer above low estimate. There was global participation with bidders from almost 40 nations across five continents. The top lot of the week came in the Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale. A Very Rare Pair of Huanghuali Drum Stools, dating from the 17th century, realized $1,500,000, more than 12 times its low estimate of $120,000. Other notable results from the Chinese sale included the top lot in a group of 60 Chinese Jades From the Collection of T. Eugene Worrell, A Superb Yellow Jade Figure Of A Recumbent Mythical Beast, dating from the Ming Dynasty, which brought $441,000, more than four times its low estimate of $100,000. The South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art sale saw Untitled (bird, tree and mountain series) by Jagdish Swaminathan fetch $819,000, 455% by low estimate. The top lot of the John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection sale was a rare and fine painting of a Shat Chakravarti Mandala from 15th-16th Century Tibet that fetched $441,000. The sale of the property of a noted connoisseur, Centering the Figure: South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art from the Collection of Romi Lamba, included Cocoon, a painting by the Mumbai artist, Anju Dodiya, which realized $327,600, more than 650% by low estimate. The sale of Japanese and Korean Art included a Nagasone Katana from the property from the Kaisendo Museum Collection, which realized $239,400, nearly five times its low estimate.

Tina Zonars, Co-Chairman of Asian Art, Christie’s, said: “This fall Asia Week at Christie’s saw strong sales and great results across all of our categories. It was gratifying and inspiring to have buyers return in numbers to live bidding in the saleroom, and once again we were able to create and host a series of inviting and interesting events to bring people to Rockefeller Center. A strong market, a high level of quality in every sale, and the hard work and dedication of our team ensured another successful set of sales.”

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Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). Christie's is also recognised as a reference for prestigious single owner collections, having auctioned 8 of the 10 most important collections in history.

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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