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Sotheby's presents exceptional properties at the Hong Kong Autumn 2013 Sale Series
Walter Spies (1895 – 1942), Blick von Der Höhe (A View from the Heights), 1934. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 82.5 cm. Estimate upon request. Photo: Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- In celebration of its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sotheby’s presents a stellar line-up of rare offerings at its Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2013 taking place from 4 to 8 October at Hall 3, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The sale series will include Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Early Ink Masters’ Paintings, 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, Jewellery, Watches and Wines. If you are interested in attending this convention and possibly purchasing Asian art, book a hotel in Hong Kong near the area and enjoy this rare opportunity.

Selected highlights will be showcased in travelling exhibitions in Jakarta (30 – 31 August), Shanghai (4 – 5 September), Beijing (7 – 8 September), Singapore (13 – 14 September), Bangkok (16 – 17 September), Taipei (21 – 22 September) and Kaohsiung (24 – 25 September), followed by a public exhibition of all of the properties on offer at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3 to 7 October.

Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s Asia says, “We are proud to have been the first international auction house in Asia in 1973, as well as the first international fine art auction house licensed to conduct business in China in 2012. This year in 2013, we are delighted to celebrate Sotheby’s 40th anniversary in Asia by presenting a distinguished series of sales, including many treasures from important collections of our valued clients, many of which have never been seen at auction. We are immensely grateful for our clients’ support.

“Our Autumn sales schedule this year will be anchored by the eagerly anticipated Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale, which will combine the best offerings of our 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art categories. This very special Evening Sale will have the highest total estimate of any comparable sale in Asia and promises to be a memorable event. We are also honoured to have been entrusted with collections and objects in various categories, including wines, Chinese ceramics and works of art, fine Chinese paintings, works by early ink masters as well as jewellery and timepieces. These auctions demonstrate our worldwide clients’ trust in Sotheby’s and their unwavering confidence in the Asian auction markets.

“In addition, we plan to announce details of the important forthcoming auction in Beijing as well as our 40th anniversary celebration. We will also announce a delightful autumn line-up of selling and non-selling exhibitions and auctions at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery. We look forward to celebrating with our clients in Asia this historic milestone and to many prosperous years to come.”

AUCTION CALENDAR AND HIGHLIGHTS (in chronological order)


4 October: Domaine Clarence Dillon: Wines Direct from the Cellars of Château Haut-Brion – Château Quintus – Château La Mission Haut-Brion
This is the very first time that Domaine Clarence Dillon – the owner of Château Haut-Brion, the Bordeaux First Growth, and Château La Mission Haut-Brion, as well as the recently acquired St. Émilion estate, Château Quintus – offers treasures direct from their cellars through an auction in Asia. Estimated at HK$11.4 – 16.4 million / US$1.5 – 2.1 million, 550 lots from 1891 to 2012 – all of which have never left the Châteaux – will be offered. The sale also includes an exquisite wooden wine console designed by HRH Prince Robert of Luxembourg, President of Domaine Clarence Dillon, and Linley of London which will be auctioned to benefit Médecins San Frontières Hong Kong.

• Haut-Brion 1961 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$190,000 – 320,000 / US$25,000 – 40,000

• Haut-Brion Blanc 1989 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$160,000 – 280,000 / US$20,000 – 35,000

• Charity Lot of Domaine Clarence Dillon Wine Console and Rare Château Haut-Brion Wines – Est. HK$800,000 – 1.2 million / US$100,000 – 150,000

5 October: A Magnificent Bordeaux Cellar

This magnificent collection features 300 lots estimated at HK$14 – 20 million / US$1.8 – 2.6 million. Top class Bordeaux from the best vintages are available, such as 1982, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000, many of which are offered in parcels. There is also a large selection of Château d'Yquem from the best vintages, as well as rare vertical selections of Vega Sicilia Único spanning five decades.

• Mouton Rothschild 2000 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$80,000 - 110,000 / US$10,000 - 14,000; 10 cases in total

• Margaux 2000 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$70,000 - 110,000 / US$9,000 - 14,000; 8 cases in total

• Cheval Blanc 2000 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$60,000 – 85,000 / US$7,500 – 11,000; 8 cases in total

5 October: Important Burgundy and Bordeaux from a Private Cellar

This is an extraordinary collection of the best Burgundy and Bordeaux, in addition to Champagne, Italian and Australian wines, with important quantities of mature wines which are rarely seen. Over 500 lots estimated at HK$29 – 40 million / US$3.7 – 5.2 million will be offered.

• Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux, Henri Jayer, 1991 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$280,000 – 400,000 / US$35,000 – 50,000

• Le Pin 1990 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$240,000 – 340,000 / US$30,000 – 42,500

• Mouton Rothschild 1982 (12 bottles) – Est. HK$80,000 – 110,000 / US$10,000 – 14,000; 16 cases in total


The dedicated sale Early Ink Masters continues the Chinese literati tradition in the contemporary era. The sale presents works by early masters of Chinese ink painting who established their careers abroad in the 20th century, featuring Chen Qikuan, Fang Zhaolin, He Huaishuo, Li Yihong, Liu Guosong, Lu Shoukun, Wang Jiqian, Zheng Weiguo and Zhou Luyun. As ambassadors of both traditional Chinese and Western modern art techniques, these artists embody the nature of change in contemporary China and its diaspora. The selection of works articulates the philosophy of the literati tradition within the contemporary milieu, with the hope to create unexpected perceptions and raise provocative juxtapositions of art and culture.

Lu Shoukun (Lui Shou Kwan; 1919 – 1975), Purity - Zen Painting, 1970. Ink and colour on paper, 179.5 x 96.5 cm. Est. HK$220,000 – 280,000 / US$28,200 – 35,900

Wang Jiqian (C. C. Wang; 1907 – 2003), Landscape, 1982. Ink and colour on paper, 73.5 x 100 cm. Est. HK$140,000 – 180,000 / US$17,950 – 23,080

Chen Qikuan (Chen Chi-Kwan; 1921 – 2007), Valley, 1990. Ink and colour on paper, 32 x 62 cm. Est. HK$160,000 – 200,000 / US$20,510 – 25,640


To mark its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sotheby’s announced a celebratory Evening Sale, which has been carefully curated to present over 50 modern and contemporary Asian works of art of superb quality from such eminent artists as Zao Wou-Ki, Sanyu, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Ye and Walter Spies, among others. With the highest total estimate ever presented for a comparable sale in Asia, this auction promises to be a fitting and memorable anniversary celebration.

20th Century Chinese Art Evening Sale

Zao Wou-Ki (1920 – 2013), 3.4.60 – 1.2.69, 1960 – 1969. Oil on canvas, 195 x 130 cm. Est. HK$20 – 30 million / US$2.6 – 3.8 million
Luo Zhongli (b. 1948), Children’s Games, 1992. Oil on canvas, 120 x 96 cm. Est. HK$6 – 8 million / US$769,000 – 1 million

Wang Yidong (b. 1955), The Letter, 2006. Oil on canvas, 100 x 150 cm. Est. HK$10 – 18 million / US$1.3 – 2.3 million

Contemporary Asian Art Evening Sale

Zeng Fanzhi (b. 1964), Mask Series No. 14, 1994. Oil on canvas, 150 x 130 cm. Est. HK$9 – 12 million / US$1.2 – 1.5 million

Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), The World of Sphere, 2003. Acrylic on canvas, 350 x 350cm. Est. HK$16 – 24 million / US$2.1 – 3.1 million

Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958), Bloodline: Big Family Series No. 12, 1996. Oil on canvas, 190 x 150 cm. Est. HK$16 – 25 million / US$2.1 – 3.2 million

Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings Evening Sale

Juan Luna (1857 – 1899), España y Filipinas (Spain and Philippines), 1889. Oil on canvas, 229.5 x 79.5 cm. Est. HK$3.5 – 5.5 million / US$451,000 – 709,000

Walter Spies (1895 – 1942), Blick von Der Höhe (A View from the Heights), 1934. Oil on canvas, 100.5 x 82.5 cm. Estimate upon request

Rudi Mantofani (b. 1973), Bayangan Merah (Red Shadow), 2009. Acrylic on canvas, 200 x 200 cm. Est. HK$380,000 – 480,000 / US$48,000 – 61,000


Wu Guanzhong (1919 – 2010), Lotus Flowers, 1973. Oil on canvas, 60.5 x 50 cm. Est. HK$6 – 8 million / US$769,000 – 1 million

Zao Wou-Ki (1920 – 2013), 2.6.70, 1970. Oil on canvas, 94.6 x 104.6 cm. Est. HK$8 – 12 million / US$1 – 1.5 million

Chu Teh-Chun (b. 1920), Composition No.297, 1968. Oil on canvas, 64 x 91 cm. Est. HK$4.8 – 6 million / US$615,000 – 769,000


Takashi Murakami (b. 1962), Kaikai Kiki, 2002. Acrylic on canvas mounted on panel, 100 x 100cm. Est. HK$4.8 – 6.4 million / US$615,000 – 821,000

Zhang Xiaogang (b. 1958), Private Note No. 1, 1990. Oil and paper collage on canvas, 85 x 100 cm. Est. HK$4.5 – 6.5 million / US$577,000 – 833,000

Jia Aili (b. 1979), Good Morning World, 2009. Oil on canvas, 94 x164 cm. Est. HK$1.2 – 1.5 million / US$154,000 – 192,000


S.Sudjojono (1914 – 1986), The Ruins and the Piano, 1956. Oil on canvas, 126 x 200 cm. Estimate upon request

Lee Man Fong (1913 – 1988), Village, 1950s. Oil on masonite board, 100 x 200 cm. Estimate upon request

I Nyoman Masriadi (b. 1973), Aerobik (Aerobics), 2000. Acrylic on canvas, 150 x 200 cm. Est. HK$1.2 – 1.8 million / US$154,000 – 232,000


Zhang Daqian (1899 – 1983), Lady by the Bamboo. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 55 x 40.5 cm. Est. HK$2.5 – 3.5 million / US$321,000 – 450,000

Lu Yanshao (1909 – 1993), Sailing Through the Whirlpool, 1979. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 137 x 67.8 cm. Est. HK$3.2 – 5 million / US$410,000 – 641,000

Huang Binhong (1864 – 1955), Recluse in a Secluded Valley. Ink and colour on paper, hanging scroll, 89 x 48.6 cm. Est. HK$2 – 3 million / US$256,000 – 385,000


8.03-Carat Cushion-Shaped “Pigeon’s Blood” Burmese Ruby *To be set on a unique mount by celebrated Asian jewellery designer, Cindy Chao. Est. HK$28 - 30 million / US$3.5 – 3.8 million

From The Collection Of An Overseas Chinese Family Set Of Two Jadeite Bead Necklaces, Circa Republican Period. Est. HK$22 - 30 million / US$2.8 – 3.8 million

From The Estate Of Ji Ing Soong, 13.19-Carat Emerald-Cut Light Pink Diamond And Diamond Ring, Cartier. Est. HK$4.7 – 6.3 million / US$600,000 – 800,000

Fine Chinese Ceramics And Works Of Art

An Outstanding And Highly Important Massive Gilt-Bronze Figure Of A Seated Shakyamuni Buddha. Mark And Period Of Yongle. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$50 million / US$6.4 million

An Exceedingly Rare And Fine Cobalt-Blue And Iron-Red “Mythical Beasts” Stemcup. Mark And Period Of Xuande. Est. HK$25 – 35 million / US$3.2 – 4.5 million

An Outstanding Set Of Three Qianlong Princely Soapstone Seals With Fitted Zitan Box. Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng Period. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$80 million / US$10 million

Chinese Art Through The Eye Of Sakamoto Gorō

A Magnificent Dry Lacquer Head Of Buddha. Tang Dynasty. Expected to fetch in excess of HK$30 million / US$3.8 million

Qing Imperial Porcelain – A Kyoto Collection

A Fine And Magnificent Celadon-Glazed “Longevity” Ruyi-Handled Vase. Seal Mark And Period Of Qianlong. Est. HK$10 – 15 million / US$1.3 – 1.9 million


Patek Philippe. A Very Fine And Rare Platinum And Diamond-Set Automatic Minute Repeating Perpetual Calendar Wristwatch With Cathedral Gongs, Moon-Phases And Leap Year Indicators. Circa 2013 Ref. 5073P. Est. HK$5.5 – 6.5 million / US$710,000 – 840,000

Richard Mille. A Rare And Extremely Light-Weighted Limited Edition Carbon Composite Tonneau-Form Tourbillon Wristwatch. Circa 2011 RM027 Rafael Nadal. Est. HK$2.5 – 3.5 million / US$323,000 – 450,000

Highlighting Magnificent Clocks From An Important Private Collection – Part II

Patek Philippe. “The Fancy Carp Fountain Clock”. An Exceptional Gold, Rock Crystal, Diamond, Emerald and Ruby-set Fancy Carp Fountain Clock, Circa 1990. Est. HK$2 – 3 million / US$260,000 – 380,000

Cartier. “The Panther Portico Mystery Clock”. A Very Rare Gold, Diamond, Emerald, Pearl, Rock Crystal and Smokey Quartz Panther Mystery Clock, Circa 1990. Est. HK$1.5 – 2.5 million / US$190,000 – 320,000


In celebration of its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sotheby’s Hong Kong is privileged to present Awakening Spring: An Exhibition of Significant Works by Wu Guanzhong, an extraordinary collection of ink paintings by renowned modern Chinese artist, Wu Guanzhong, during the Autumn Sale Series 2013. The 40 museum-quality works exhibited come from a distinguished private collection, The Low Gallery, which features the most important assemblage of Wu’s ink paintings in private hands. Together, this special anthology showcases the artist’s most significant and defining works created at the height of his career, notably An Old Town of the Jiaohe, 1981, and Wisteria, 1990. Selected paintings will be on view at an extended exhibition at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery from 10 to 20 October.

Wu Guanzhong, An Old Town of the Jiaohe, 1981. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 106 x 102 cm

Wu Guanzhong, Wisteria, 1990. Ink and colour on paper, framed, 69 x 137 cm

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