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  • 8 February 2021

RESULTS | Christie’s Hong Kong’s First Online Sale in 2021

Dawn of Spring: Chinese Paintings Online 

TOTALLED HK$4,756,875




FAMILY COLLECTION OF MA SHUN YINGDING YANYONG (1902-1978)Five ChicksScroll, mounted and framed, ink andcolour on paper67 x 41.3 cm. (26 3⁄8 x 16 1⁄4 in.)Price Realised: HK$325,000


DING YANYONG (1902-1978)

Five Chicks

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and

colour on paper

67 x 41.3 cm. (26 3⁄8 x 16 1⁄4 in.)

Price Realised: HK$325,000

HUANG YONGYU (B. 1924)Lotus in the WindScroll, mounted and framed, ink andcolour on paper68.8 x 46.7 cm. (27 1⁄8 x 18 3⁄8 in.)Price Realised: HK$325,000


Lotus in the Wind

Scroll, mounted and framed, ink and

colour on paper

68.8 x 46.7 cm. (27 1⁄8 x 18 3⁄8 in.)

Price Realised: HK$325,000

Hong Kong - Christie’s welcomes the Lunar New Year with strong results achieved for the first auction in Asia this year - Dawn of Spring: Chinese Paintings Online. The sale totalled HK$4,756,875 with a sell-through rate of 88% by lot, having attracted heated global participation with over 11,000 unique online visitors. The three works by Ding Yanyong from the Family Collection of Ma Shun Ying realised HK$575,000, 8.7 times above their combined pre-sale low estimate. The robust results are a testament to Christie’s success in sourcing fresh works with exceptional provenance and in digitally engaging collectors across the world.

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