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Sotheby's Spring 2018 Hong Kong sales total US$466.5 million, second highest in company history
Two Sets of Ming Dynasty Imperial Sutras Achieve HK$239 Million / US$30.4 Million / £21.7 Million. Courtesy Sotheby's.


HONG KONG.- Sotheby's Spring 2018 Hong Kong auction series concluded today with a grand total of HK$3.64 billion / US$466.5 million, against a pre-sale estimate of HK$2.75 – 3.86 billion / US$353-495 million, and with a strong combined sell-through rate of 89%.

“We delivered outstanding results for our clients and shareholders this week,” said Tad Smith, Sotheby’s CEO. “Outstanding prices across different categories coupled with a strong sell-through rate indicate that clients throughout Asia are engaged at every level. The past week of auctions, exhibitions and art fairs has left no doubt of Asia’s central position in the art market.”

“With an overall total that is second only to our 40th anniversary celebrations back in 2013, this is an historic result for both Sotheby’s and the art market in Asia,” commented Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia. “Our strength in both traditional collecting categories as well as innovative and new selling formats position us well to continue to drive the growth of this thriving market.”

“Our success this week is the product of more than four decades of investment in Asia,” said Patti Wong, Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia. “Spanning many centuries and collecting categories, the top lots on offer this week demonstrate the depth of our client relationships and the breadth of our expertise in sourcing and selling the world’s finest objects. It was this insight into the evolving taste of today’s collectors that drove the success of our most ambitious offering of Western Art in Asia to date.”

HIGHLIGHTS SPAN CENTURIES AND CATEGORIES:

MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART TOTALS HK$1.28 BILLION / US$164 MILLION AND SETS SEVENTEEN RECORDS

• Evening Sale brings HK1.04 billion / $132 million, the second highest total for a Hong Kong evening sale at Sotheby’s, and with 100% of all Western Modern & Contemporary works sold

• Contemporary Art Day Sale doubles expectations and achieves a sell-through rate of 95%

SALES OF CHINESE WORKS OF ART TOTAL HK$1.08 BILLION / US$138.1 MILLION
• Two Sets of Ming Dynasty Imperial Sutras sell for HK$239 million / US$30.4 million, an auction record for a Buddhist Manuscript

• Qing Dynasty Gold-Pink Falangcai Bowl, unseen on the market for over 30 years, sells for HK$239 million / US$30.4 million

• A rediscovered Imperial Handscroll achieves HK$147 million / US$18.7 million after a 40 minute battle and over 100 bids

FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS ACHIEVES HK$487 MILLION / US$62 MILLION WITH A SELL THROUGH RATE OF 85%
• “Spectacular Mountains in Spring Snow; Calligraphy” by Zhang Daqian sells for HK$83 million / US$10.6 million, double the high estimate

WINE AUCTIONS ACHIEVE A WORLD RECORD TOTAL OF HK228.3 MILLION / US$29.1 MILLION
• 1,758 lots in three auctions are 100% sold

• The Philanthropist’s Cellar sets a record for a single-owner Wine sale at Sotheby’s in Asia, totaling HK$127.2 million / US$16.2 million

IMPORTANT WATCHES TOTALS HK$139 MILLION / US$17.7 MILLION, HIGHEST TOTAL IN ASIA SINCE SPRING 2015
• Vintage masters were led by an Important and Extremely Rare Patek Philippe Stainless Steel Chronograph Wristwatch Ref 1579 that sold for HK$8.76 million / US$1.1 million

THREE SELLING EXHIBITIONS OF MODERN & CONTEMPORARY ART HELD ALONGSIDE SERIES OF 19 AUCTIONS
• ‘Panorama: A New Perspective’: masterworks by the titans of Impressionist, Modern & Contemporary Art

• ‘Face-Off: Picasso / Condo’: portraits by Pablo Picasso and George Condo

• ‘Game Changers: José-María Cano’: the artist’s two best-known series -WS100 and The Soul of Money





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