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  • 22 September 2020

Results | Christie's Asian Art Week | Day 1

AUCTION RECORD SET FOR HOKUSAI’S GREAT WAVE

KATSUSHIKA HOKUSAI (1760-1849)

Kanagawa oki nami ura (Under the well of the Great Wave off Kanagawa)

Price realiZed: $1,110,000

Japanese and Korean Art

22 September 2020 | 10am

 

SALE TOTAL: $8,475,000

82% SOLD BY LOT | 84% SOLD BY VALUE

144% HAMMER AGAINST LOW ESTIMATE

AUCTION RECORD SET FOR HOKUSAI’S GREAT WAVE

Christie’s sale of Japanese Art and Korean Art totaled $8,475,000 with 82% sold by lot and 84% sold by value. The top lot of the sale was a woodblock print by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), “The Great Wave,” which achieved $1,110,000 against a low estimate of $150,000 and set the record for the print by the artist. Other notable results included an important pair of six-panel screens by Kano Tsunenobu (1636-1713), Chrysanthemums Blooming in a Garden that sold for $175,000; along with prints by Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Kitagawa Utamaro (1753-1806), and Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), including “Red Fuji” that sold for $337,500. Additionally, modern and contemporary works performed with strong results including Morita Shiryu (1912-1998), Choo (Conspicuousness), that realized $137,500; and Kato Gizan (B. 1968), Jigen (Manifestation) that sold for $312,500. Featured Korean works included a blue and white porcelain jar with three worthies playing weiqi, Joseon dynasty that sold for $750,000 against a low estimate of $250,000; and an impressive eight-panel screen from the circle of Kim Hongdo (1745-1806), titled Hunting Scene that achieved $930,000 against a low estimate of $100,000.  Browse sale results here.

ASIAN ART WEEK SALES CONTINUE:

LIVE AUCTIONS:

A Lasting Engagement: The Jane and Kito de Boer Collection | 23 September 2020

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art  | 23 September 2020

Devotion in Stone: Gandharan Masterpieces from a Private Japanese Collection  | 23 September 2020

Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection Part I | 24 September 2020

Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection Part II  | 24 September 2020

Indian, Himalayan & Southeast Asian Works of Art  | 24 September 2020

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art  | 25 September 2020

 

ONLINE SALES:

A Lasting Engagement: The Jane and Kito de Boer Collection | 4-25 September 2020

Sacred and Imperial: The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection | 4-29 September 2020

Contemporary Art Asia | 4-27 September 2020

Crafted Landscapes: The Ankarcrona Collection of Japanese Lacquer and Asian Works of Art | 10 Sept. to 1 Oct. 2020 

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