The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, July 22, 2014


Sotheby's celebrates 40 years in Asia with "40 Days / 40 Stories" video series
The 40 Days I 40 Stories videos provide engaging, surprising and frequently humorous accounts of key moments in Sotheby’s first four decades in Asia.
HONG KONG.- In 1973 Sotheby’s became the first international auction house in Asia, establishing both an office and holding an inaugural auction in Hong Kong. To mark the 40th Anniversary of this pioneering move, a series of events will be held this autumn culminating in a 40th Anniversary Evening Sale on 5th October 2013. The celebrations come as Sotheby’s expands its presence in Asia with a new state-of-the-art gallery and retail spaces in Hong Kong and the start of regular sales in Beijing. Over the past four decades, Sotheby’s has played a key role in Asia’s rise as one of the world’s most vibrant art markets, and this fascinating story is told through an innovative series of 40 short videos – one released each day for the 40 days leading up to, including and immediately following the auction - as well as through a limited edition book that profiles and gives voice to the leading collectors in this arena.

The 40 Days I 40 Stories videos provide engaging, surprising and frequently humorous accounts of key moments in Sotheby’s first four decades in Asia. Memorable sales are revisited using archival footage and evocative period photos, while the specialists who know the market best reveal behind-the-scenes anecdotes from these historic occasions. In addition, a lavishly illustrated commemorative book, entitled Sotheby's 40 Years in Asia, will be published in October. Told from the perspectives of 63 key collectors, dealers, and Sotheby’s specialists, the book is an extraordinary account of the vast changes in Asia’s art market.

Sotheby’s Hong Kong 40th Anniversary Evening Sale to be held on 5th October 2013 will bring together important pieces of 20th Century Chinese Art, Contemporary Asian Art, and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art. It is set to have the highest total estimate of any comparable sale in Asia. More than 60 modern and contemporary Asian works will be offered including pieces by eminent artists such as Wang Yidong, Chu Tehchun, Zeng Fanzhi, Liu Ye, Walter Spies, and Ronald Ventura, among many others. The evening will be led by a remarkable group of seven museum quality works by modern Chinese masters from A Distinguished Private Collection (est. over HK$211 million / US$27.1 million), featuring highly important paintings in oil by Zao Wou-ki, Sanyu, and Wu Guanzhong.

Over the past four decades Sotheby’s Hong Kong has continuously innovated to expand its offerings and engage new clients. Since the initial sale in November 1973 of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art that was overseen by Julian Thompson, the renowned scholar of Chinese Ceramics, Sotheby’s has expanded the categories sold in Asia with Jadeite Jewellery added in 1985, 20th Century Chinese Paintings in 1992, Western Jewellery in 1995, Watches in 1998, Contemporary Chinese Art in 2008, and Wine in 2009.

The past 40 years have seen many landmark sales such as The Edward T. Chow Collection of Ming and Qing Porcelain in 1980, and An Outstanding Imperial Carved Zitan ‘Dragon’ Throne, Qianlong Period that sold for HK$85,780,000 / $11,068,193, setting a world record for any piece of Chinese furniture at auction in 2009, Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite in 2010 which included a 6.04-carat Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond Ring which sold for HK$61,927,500 / US$7,981,835, setting a new world record price per carat for any gemstone at auction at the time, Masterpieces of Qing Imperial Porcelain from J.T. Tai & Co in 2010, and Lafite Ex-Cellars in 2010 which set a world record for a standard-sized bottle of wine when a bottle of Château Lafite Rothschild 1869 sold for HK$1.8 million / US$230,000.

In September 2012, Sotheby's became the first international auction house be granted a license to conduct auctions in China. Sotheby’s Beijing is run by Wen Guihua, the deputy director of the Art Professional Committee, a subsidiary of China Association of Auctioneers, and the head of Beijing Association of Auctioneers for more than ten years. Previously Sotheby’s was the first international auction house to offer services in China, opening an office in Shanghai in 1994 and in Beijing in 2007. It was also the first international auction house to hold auctions in China with The Return of Marco Polo Auction in the Forbidden City, taking place in June 1988.



Today's News

September 2, 2013

Northern Mannerist prints from the Kainen Collection presented at National Gallery of Art

Politician says the Doge's Palace in Venice damaged by French demand over Manet exhibition

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents 12 women photographers from Iran and the Arab world in exhibition

First selling exhibition of Buddhist art at Sotheby's in more than a decade announced

"Art for Art's Sake: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation" opens in Malibu

Katie Paterson's Second Moon goes into orbit for one year as part of the British Science Festival 2013

International Munch conference in Oslo includes about 100 Munch researchers

New York Academy of Art 2013 Fellows exhibition featuring Jonathan Beer, Aleah Chapin and Nicolas Holiber

Exhibition pairs iconic rock 'n roll images, with legendary figures in boxing and wrestling

Groundbreaking Becoming Patsy Cline exhibition opens at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Hours extended for final two days of Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at the Hyde Collection

Museum of London challenges master perfumer Roja Dove to rediscover the fragrance of Jacobean England

Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt opens three outdoor walk-in installations by Hélio Oiticica

Sotheby's celebrates 40 years in Asia with "40 Days / 40 Stories" video series

French, German leaders to make landmark visit to WWII massacre site

Kate Downie exhibits at The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture

Alliance of black art galleries established in St. Louis, Missouri

Lines of Liminality: Works by Susan Schwalb and Clifford Smith on view at Gerald Peters Gallery

Custom '07 Stryker Mustang to be auctioned for charity at Mecum Dallas

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site