Artworks to the value of HK$2.63 billion were auctioned at Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auctions on 22-27 November.
This includes Five Nudes by Chinese artist Sanyu, which sold for HK$304 million, the highest priced artwork sold at auction in Asia this year and a new record for the artist.
Members of the Chamber’s Women Executives Club enjoyed an exclusive visit to the auctions on the first day, where they enjoyed an up-close view of the artworks. Sara Mao, Director of Christie’s Education Asia, introduced participants to the history of several different pieces and discussed the meaning and rationale behind the art.
This year’s auction coincided with the centenary of the birth of Wu Guanzhong and included a section of the artist’s works, including The Grand Canyon and Tsim Sha Tsui, both from a private collection in North America. Other notable pieces included The Simple Things, a sculpture created by Takashi Murakami in collaboration with Pharrell Williams.
Members had a great evening learning about the artworks while also gaining an insight into how the auction process works from Mao, who is also an auctioneer.