Showing posts with label Auctions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Auctions. Show all posts

Monday, August 29

Contemporary Ink Auction at Sotheby’s Oct 4

Liu Guosong, Blue Moon Landscape
 Demand for contemporary ink artworks has been rising in the last three years and Sotheby’s is dedicating an auction to the subject matter on October 4.

Monday, August 22

T.O.P Calls on Friends for his guest-curated auction at Sotheby’s

Photographer: Hong Jang Hyun. Photo Production: Gary So @ Mad Carrot Production
Paik Nam June, Fat Boy, 1997, Estimate: HK$3,500,000 – 4,500,000 / US$ 449,000 – 577,500

Korean rapper and actor Choi Seung-hyun, aka T.O.P has worked with Sotheby’s to guest-curate an evening sale of Western and Asian contemporary art in Hong Kong taking place on October 3.

Tuesday, July 22

Magnus Renfrew To Move from Art Basel to Bonhams as Deputy Chairman Asia in Sep

Magnus Renfrew, who has been heading Art Basel in Hong Kong, is moving to Bonhams in September to take on the role of deputy chairman, Asia and director of fine arts, Asia.

Friday, February 28

S. Sudjojono, Sudjana Kerton at Sotheby’s HK April 5

Sotheby's Hong Kong will be selling 16 works from Southeast Asian artists as part of its Modern and Contemporary Asian Art – Evening Sale Saturday, April 5, which will include a total 50 lots worth an estimated HK$400 million (US$51 million) or more.

Friday, August 16

Christie’s Jonathan Stone on First Shanghai, Mumbai Auctions

Jonathan Stone, Chairman and International Head of Asian Art at Christie's, discussed the state of the Asian art market on Friday over lunch with a handful of reporters, and also reviewed the auction house’s plans to hold its first ever auctions in Shanghai and Mumbai later this year. Here is an abbreviated version of the lively conversation:

Wednesday, May 8

Bonhams HK to Offer Rare Japanese Single Malt Whisky May 23

Productions of single malt whisky at the Japanese Karuizawa and the Hanyu distilleries stopped in 2000. This has made bottles of their whisky increasingly rare on the market, and more valuable at auction.

Bonhams HK to Auction Large Jade Belt Hooks Collection May 26

Bonhams Hong Kong will be offering a large collection of jade belt hooks on May 26.

Thursday, April 18

33 Auction to hold Auction May 5 in Singapore

 33 Auction will be holding an evening sale of modern and contemporary Asian art on May 5 offering 83 lots by South-East Asian and Chinese artists, with a total pre-sale estimate of 3.5-5 million Singapore dollars ($2.8-$4.05 million).

David Fu, specialist at 33 Auction noted that following the strong interest shown at its last auction in Singapore earlier this year, the auction house is offering 30 percent more works than it had at its January sale.

Highlights of the upcoming sale are WuGuanzhong’s “Willow Tree,” an ink and color on rice paper which displays the Chinese artist’s gentle fusion of Eastern and Western impressionistic styles, and “Horse and the Sun,” a strong oil on canvas work by Indonesian expressionist master Affandi, known for his technique of painting directly from the tube. Other Indonesian highlights include dancer-themed works by SrihadiSoedarsono as well as large canvases by Basoeki Abdullah and JeihanSukmantoro.

 Leading the Singapore section is an early finger painting entitled “Water Ducks” by Chen Wen Hsi, along with some of his signature inks depicting gibbons and sparrows. The auction includes a range of works by first generation Singapore artists (Liu Kang andCheong Soo Pieng) as well as second-generation Singapore artists, like Tay Bak Koi,Choo Keng Kwang, and Thomas Yeo.

Leading the Malaysian art section is Khalil Ibrahim’s “Fisherman / Man in Motion,” depicting a scene of various human forms in a flurry of activity. The silhouettes in the foreground are painted in a Cubist style, no doubt influenced by his study in London during the 1960s.

The auction will be held at Grand Hyatt Singapore on May 5, with preview held atMOCA@Loewen May 2-5.

AS first published on

Friday, April 5

Sotheby’s HK Scores Mary and George Bloch Snuff Bottle Sale

Sotheby’s Hong Kong has managed a small coup by scooping the latest part in the sale of the famed Mary and George Bloch snuff bottle collection. To date, Bohnams had been auctioning the collection in parts, achieving a full sale at each of their five auctions since 2010.

Christie’s to Auction Imperial Cloisonné Enamel Collection in May

 Christie’s Hong Kong will offer “Reverence and Perfection – Magnificent Imperial Cloisonné Enamels from a Private European Collection,” as part of its spring sales of Chinese ceramics and works of art on May 29.

Sunday, March 17

Sovereign Asian Art Prize Auction in Singapore

The Sovereign Art Foundation will be exhibiting in Singapore the works of 16 finalists from the 2012-2013 Sovereign Asian Art Prize, along with the work of 20 "runners up" from Southeast Asia. 

Thursday, February 28

Shun Kurokochi on Parting With his Nara Collection

Between 1988 and 2006, Shun Kurokochi, who describes himself as “an ordinary man working in a bank,” assembled an unusually large collection dedicated to the work of the Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara.

Sunday, February 24

Magnificent Patek Philippe Clocks Coming Up at Sotheby’s HK

A sale billed as Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection — to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Hong Kong on April 7 — will offer 22 decorative modern clocks all custom-made over the past 30 years by world-renowned watchmakers and jewelers, such as Cartier, Daniel RothGerald GentaAsprey, and Patek Philippe.

Monday, February 11

Private collection of 35 works by Yoshitomo Nara coming up at Sotheby's.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong will be auctioning on Apr 5 a large private collection dedicated to the works of renowned contemporary Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara.

Sunday, January 13

Borobudur Auction to take place Jan 25 in Singapore

Another auction house has announced it will hold a sale in Singapore to coincide with the attendance of international collectors, especially from Indonesia, at Art Stage Singapore. Borobudur Auction will be holding a sale of Asian Contemporary & Modern Art, Jewelry, Ceramics and Wine in Singapore on Jan 25.

One East Larasati to auction Jan 26 in Singapore

One East Larasati will kick off the Asian auction calendar this year with a small sale of just 33 selected Asian art works with a total pre-sale estimate of S$1.5-S$2.0 million.

Wednesday, December 5

Tan Swie Hian Tops Auction for Singapore Contemporary Artist

An oil & acrylic painting by Tan Swie Hian sold for 18.97 million RMB (about US$3.01 million) at Beijing Poly International Auction’s Autumn sale on Dec 2, setting a record for a work by a Singaporean contemporary artist at auction.

Sunday, November 25

Cheong Soo-Pieng, Chu Teh-Chun Set New Record At Christie’s

Christie’s Evening Sale of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art on Saturday established two world auction records: La forêt blanche II, an 1987 abstract oil painting by 20th Century Chinese artist Chu Teh-Chun sold for HK$60 million (US$7.78 million) and Abstract Triptych by Singaporean artist Cheong Soo-Pieng sold for HK$4.2 million (US$547,334).

The sale realized $54.52 million, sold in excess of 87% by lot and 95% by value. Chu Teh-Chun had four paintings in the top 10 lots of the auction, while Zeng Fanzhi and Zao Wou-Ki had both two paintings in these top lots. 

Eric Chang, International Director of Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art, said there were buyers from Asia, Europe and the Middle East, which demonstrates the increasing diversity and depth of this collecting market.

Among the 39 lots sold, 11 sold in excess of HK$10 million (US$1.29 million), and two thirds of the total number of lots sold for over the high estimate.

As first published on ARTINFO.COM

Friday, November 9

Bonhams Asia Head Carson Chan Expects Record Sales in November

With strong ongoing demand from Asian collectors for rare items, Carson Chan, Managing Director for Bonhams Asia, is expecting record sales at the firm’s November auction.

Tuesday, October 30

Auction houses galore in Singapore this weekend

It will be auctions galore for art collectors in Singapore this week, with two sales (33 Auction and Masterpiece Auction House) and two previews (Christie’s and Bonhams) taking place around the same time.