Sotheby's HK 2012 Spring sale to be held Mar 31-Apr 4, tour targets China

Outstanding Ruyao Washer
Northern Song Dynasty
Est: $7.7 - 10.3 million

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales 2012 has be set for Mar 31-April 4, with over 2,900 lots estimated to fetch in excess of $233 million.

Selected highlights will be showcased in travelling exhibitions in Jakarta (2 - 3 March), Shanghai (7 - 8 March), Beijing (10 - 11 March), Chengdu (13 - 14 March), Singapore (17 - 18 March), Bangkok (20 - 21 March) and Taipei (24 - 25 March), followed by a public exhibition of all of the properties on offer at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 31 March to 3 April.

Zao Wou-Ki

 Amongst the highlihts will be a Song dynasty washer from the fabled Ru kilns, the ultimate fantasy of collectors through the centuries (Doesn't look like much, but still carries an estimate of $7-10 mln!), the third instalment of the Meiyintang Collection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains, a Zao Wou-Ki entitl 25.06.86 as well as an early Bloodline — Big Family: Family No.2 by contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang.
Zhang Xiaogang

In response to the blossoming connoisseurship and avid demand in China, Sotheby’s will be having an inaugural exhibition in Chengdu where jewellery and watch highlights will be showcased, in addition to its customary exhibitions in Shanghai and Beijing where all categories will be represented.

"Expanding the geographical scope of our exhibitions is just one among many new strategic initiatives tailored for China, the fastest growing art market in the world,” Sotheby's said.

Here are a few more highlights:

Liu Wei (b. 1965) - A Good Dog

Wang Guangyi (b. 1957) - Mao Zedong: AO

Fu Baoshi (1904 – 1965) - Mount Lu

Zhang Daqian (1899 – 1983) - Snow Storm - Switzerland

Superb Blue And White ‘Bird’ Charger, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period, Est: $6-$10 mln