Tonight in Hong Kong, Sothebys
sale of Contemporary Art realised HK$684,106,000 / US$88,201,787, the highest ever total for a various-owner sale in this category staged at Sothebys Asia. Live-streamed to the world from Hong Kong, the sale was 92% sold by lot.
This season, the Contemporary Art Evening Sale adopts Sothebys pioneering live-streaming auction format a first in Asia - with Hong Kong-based auctioneer Ian McGinlay taking bids from specialists on phone banks in real time in New York, Hong Kong and London, creating a truly global auction experience as Hong Kong reaches new heights as a global platform for Asian and Western contemporary art.
The sale was led by Gerhard Richters fresh-to-auction Abstraktes Bild (649-2), which attracted a 10-minute bidding war. The winning bid came from the Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan at HK$214,631,000 / US$29,283,854, achieving the highest price for any Western artwork sold at auction in Asia.
2020 has been a year of change and resilience. Debuting the first live streamed auction in New York in June was a defining moment in Sothebys history, and tonight we made history again, adopting the pioneering format for the first time in Asia. Tonights star lot was Gerhard Richters Abstraktes Bilder (649-2), which sold for the highest price ever achieved for any Western artwork sold at auction in Asia. We are thrilled to announce that the outstanding piece has found a new home at the Pola Museum of Art in Hakone, Japan, one of the most prestigious private museums in Asia. We are furthermore extremely delighted to have witnessed intense bidding from our London and New York phone banks for tonights Asian highlights across the board, reflecting global interest and commitment in the genre which will drive Asias artistic talents to new heights. --Yuki Terase, Head of Contemporary Art, Sothebys Asia
EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP WITH TOP TIER WESTERN WORKS
Gerhard Richters Abstraktes Bild (649-2) becomes the highest priced Western artwork sold at auction in Asia. Sothebys now holds the top 4 prices, with Richters painting followed by KAWSs THE KAWS ALBUM, David Hockneys 30 Sunflowers and Andy Warhols Mao
Adrian Ghenies Lidless Eye achieves HK$54,920,000 / US$7,481,528, the second highest price ever achieved for the artist at auction
Debuts of major works in Asia by Marlene Dumas and Francis Bacon
STELLAR RESULTS FOR ASIAN MASTERS AND EMERGING TALENTS
Zhang Xiaogangs The Dark Trilogy: Fear, Meditation, Sorrow leads the offerings from The First Avant-Garde: Masterworks from the Johnson Chang Collection, eclipsing its high estimate to realise HK$54,920,000 / US$7,481,528 (est. HK$25-45 million)
From the collection of Natalie Chan Chu and Lawrence Chu, Firenze Lais The Colleagues sold for HK$3,024,000 / US$410,790 (est. HK$900,000 1.2 million), achieving a new auction record for the artist. A portion of the sale proceeds will benefit the Chu Foundation, an independent not-for-profit entity founded by the Chus with a mission to empower human potential through art and education
ARTIST AUCTION RECORDS
Firenze Lai, The Colleagues
Sold Price: HK$3,024,000 / US$410,790
Cui Jie, Daughter of the Sea
Sold Price: HK$441,000 / US$59,907
Hilary Pecis, Matts Collection
Sold Price: HK$529,000 / US$71,888
*Artist auction debut