RESULTS: Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)


Hong Kong

Asian Contemporary Art (Day Sale)

Hong Kong – 29 May 2011 – Sale no: 2856 – Top Ten

[All sold prices include buyer’s premium]


Sold:   HK$ 160,245,250 

US$ 20,591,515

£ 1,602,020 

€ 14,390,023

Lots Sold: 234

Lots Offered: 303

Sold by Lot: 77%

Sold by HK$: 88%

Exchange Rate: HK$1 = US$0.1285/£0.0778/€0.0898





Estimate (HK$)

Purchase Price




Andy Warhol


HK$ 9,620,000

US$ 1,236,170

£ 96,174

€ 863,876

Asian Private



Sky No. 2


HK$ 9,020,000

US$ 1,159,070

£ 90,176

€ 809,996 

Asian Private



Golden Wedding


HK$ 5,060,000

US$ 650,210

£ 50,586

€ 454,388

Asian Private


YU YOUHAN (B. 1943)

White Cat, Black Cat 


HK$ 4,580,000

US$ 588,530

£ 45,788

€ 411,284

European Private



Khmer Rouge


HK$ 4,220,000

US$ 542,270

£ 42,189

€ 378,956

Asian Private


LIU YE (B. 1964)

Zhou Xuan


HK$ 3,860,000

US$ 496,010

£ 38,590

€ 346,628

Asian Private



Peach Blossom & Green Dog


HK$ 3,620,000

US$ 465,170

£ 36,190

€ 325,076

Asian Private


LIU YE (B. 1964)

Hans Christian Andersen in the Snow: after Albert Küchler


HK$ 3,620,000

US$ 465,170

£ 36,190

€ 325,076

Asian Private


YU YOUHAN (B. 1943)

Mao Image in Rose


HK$ 3,380,000

US$ 434,330

£ 33,791

€ 303,524

European Private


LI CHEN (B. 1963)

Lord of Wind


HK$ 2,900,000

US$ 372,650

£ 28,992

€ 260,420

Asian Private




















































Christie’s concluded its Evening and Day sales of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art on 29 May  2011, totalling HK$761,514,250/US$97,854,581. The sales were 82% sold by lot and 94% sold by value. Five lots sold in excess of HK$30,000,000/US$3,855,000, and seventeen lots over HK$10,000,000/US$1,285,000. Eighteen world auction records were achieved for a broad range of works, including twelve lots by Chinese artists, three by Japanese artists, two by Koreans and one Indian work. These included Japanese artist Zenzaburo Kojima’s ‘Nude Reclining on Yellow Chair’ (HK$2,660,000/US$341,810), and Chinese artist Pang Jiun’s ‘A passerby hears a fair maiden’s laughter in the garden ring’ (HK$2,420,000/US$310,970), The Evening Sale – the highest ever sale in this category – totalled HK$492,660,000/US$63,306,810 and particularly demonstrated the solid demand for the most exceptional works.  The top lot of the Chinese 20th Century Art day sale was Zao Wou-Ki’s ‘5.6.63’, which sold for HK$1,858,000/US$2,390,000, and the top lot in the Asian Contemporary Art day sale was Zeng Fanzhi’s ‘Andy Warhol’, which sold for HK$9,620,000/US$1,240,000. A highlight of the Evening Sale was ‘The Leopard’, a work by renowned Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi that sold for HK$36,000,000/US$4,630,000, with all commissions waived to benefit The Nature Conservancy.


Eric Chang, International Director of Chinese 20th Century Art & Asian Contemporary Art, said, “The strong results of our sales over two days demonstrate the Asian art market’s move towards alignment with the global contemporary and modern art markets. Chinese 20th Century Art proved to be especially strong, with the day sale recording 98% sold by value and 67% of lots sold over the high estimate. With 64% of the lots sold over the high estimate,  an overall 94% sold by value across the three sales and an average lot value of HK$1,937,695/US$248,994 – our highest ever – we see a growing recognition of quality and a demand for top-tier Asian 20th Century and Contemporary works.  Looking at the tremendous success of works by 20th Century Japanese and Korean masters that were offered at our Evening Sale for the first time, we are delighted to have achieved another innovative milestone in our continuing journey to build a global platform for Asian art.



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