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Sotheby's presents the highest-estimated sale series ever staged in Asia
Zhang Daqian, , Self Portrait with a Tibetan Mastiff. Splashed ink and colour on gold paper, framed, 176 by 96 cm. Estimate: HK$48,000,000 - 60,000,000 / US$6,180,000-7,730,000. Courtesy Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s today unveiled the full offering of its 2021 Hong Kong Spring Sale Series to be held from 16 to 23 April, presenting categories ranging from fine art, including Chinese works of art and paintings, modern and contemporary art, through to the luxury market with jewellery, watches, wines and spirits. The week-long sale series encompasses outstanding works from times both ancient and modern, unified by the pursuit of the highest levels of creativity and craftsmanship by artists and brands alike. Featuring over 2,500 lots with a combined estimate in excess of HK$3.2 billion (US$417 million), the 2021 Spring Sales will carry the highest estimate for any sale series ever staged in Asia.

As part of this series, Sotheby’s also announced a special themed sale titled ICONS: Masterpieces from Across Time and Space, to be held on 18 April, which brings together five masterworks spanning one thousand years of history by iconic artists from the East and the West, including Picasso, Sanyu, Zhang Daqian and Giacometti. From bodhisattva to matador, from artist to muse, the ICONS sale explores the artistic expressions of the human form throughout the ages – inviting viewers to step outside of their visual frames of reference and find inspiration through fresh eyes.

Kevin Ching, CEO of Sotheby’s Asia, comments: “As the market leader in Asia, we are proud to present the strongest sale series ever staged in Hong Kong. The exceptional line-up this season, led by ICONS: Masterpieces from Across Time and Space, once again demonstrates Sotheby’s unrivalled sourcing and curatorial capabilities.”

“This remarkable season also marks a sweeping set of innovations in our endeavor to serve our clients better – from our first collaboration with Hong Kong’s iconic cultural-retail destination K11 MUSEA and the first travelling exhibition in Shenzhen, to an expertly curated showcase of luxury items, we are expanding our community and connecting with a much wider base of collectors across fine arts and luxury.”

The exhibition opens to the public at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, while the auctions will be held at Sotheby’s Gallery at One Pacific Place. Three Evening Sales will be broadcast via Sotheby’s signature global livestream model. For the Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 19 April, bidders will be able to place bids with Sotheby’s specialists via phone in Hong Kong, New York and London, or via Sotheby’s interactive online bidding platform.

Offered Across Auctions, Private Sales and Sotheby’s Buy Now Marketplace

Tailored to the increasing trend of cross-collecting amongst luxury categories, Sotheby’s will present a highly curated assortment of luxury items during its Spring Sales week at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre, encompassing jewellery, watches, collectible sneakers, designer handbags, collector cars, wines and rare whiskies. The remarkable objects are offered across a multitude of sale channels including live and online auctions, private sales, as well as Sotheby’s Buy Now marketplace.

Following a year of innovations and transformation, Sotheby’s is now uniquely positioned to be the number one destination in the world of luxury, satisfying collector’s needs and desires all year round. Introduced in 2020 and expanding to Asia this year, Sotheby’s Buy Now marketplace meets the demand of our clients to buy and sell beyond the traditional auction calendar, providing them with 24/7, 365 access to an exceptional property mix of over 5,000 items across fine jewels, contemporary art, collectible sneakers, watches, designer handbags, decorative objects, interiors and more at a variety of price points. Catering to the desire for convenience and speed from a growing digitally savvy audience, Buy Now offers seamless online purchasing and international shipping throughout the year.

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