Author Archives: Raj Rangarajan

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Asian Contemporary Art a Bright Spot at Subdued Hong Kong Sales

Sotheby’s spring sales of Asian paintings, held in Hong Kong April 5–6, were not as robust as those in recent seasons. Read More

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Demand for Contemporary Art Cools at Christie’s Hong Kong Sales

Modern and contemporary Asian art yielded uneven results at Christie’s series of sales in Hong Kong in late November. Read More

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Indonesian Art Rises, Chinese Art Cools at Hong Kong Auctions

Overall volume was down at Sotheby’s series of fall sales held Oct. 4–8 in Hong Kong, to $140.74 million from $200 million last year (ANL, 10/30/08). Read More

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Asian Art Auctions Upbeat Despite Financial Crisis

Sales of Asian art at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York Sept. 15–19 were healthy, despite a drop in overall volume to $77 million from over $100 million last fall (ANL, 10/16/07). Read More

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Global Bidding Drives Asian Contemporary Sales in Hong Kong

Dozens of new records were set for artists from China, India, Japan, Korea and Taiwan at Christie’s in Hong Kong during the house’s inaugural evening sale of Asian contemporary art (which totaled $40.7 million) and Chinese 20th-century art ($21.7 million) on May 24. Read More

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Sotheby’s $227M Asian Sales Sprint Past Last Year’s Total

A spirited sale of modern and contemporary art kicked off Sotheby’s four-day spring sale of Asian art in Hong Kong from April 8-11. Read More

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Auction Records Keep Falling At Christie’s Hong Kong Sales

Christie’s autumn auctions in Hong Kong (Nov. 25-27) were heavily focused on contemporary art and realized $270.4 million exceeding last year’s total of $210 million (ANL, 12/26/06, p. 5). Read More

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Bidding Sizzles at Sotheby’s $200M Hong Kong Auctions

Sotheby’s autumn sales in Hong Kong (Oct. 6-9), which included auctions of Chinese contemporary art, Chinese ceramics and fine paintings, Qing (1644-1911) porcelain and jewels and watches, fetched a total of $200 million. Read More

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Contemporary Asian/Indian Sales Underscore Market Momentum

The continuing momentum of the market for contemporary Asian and Indian art was underscored by sales at Christie’s in London and Hong Kong last month. Christie’s London sale of modern and contemporary Indian art on May 21 realized £4.5 million ($8.8 million). Read More

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Contemporary Art Soars at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sales

Sotheby’s Hong Kong registered $135.33 million in Hong Kong during a four-day series of sales from April 7-10 that included Chinese works of art ($58.17 million), contemporary Chinese art ($27.63 million), fine Chinese paintings ($15.21 million), watches ($2.96 million) and jewels and jadeite ($31.34 million). Read More

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Cleveland Museum Acquires $4M Sculpture of India

The Cleveland Museum of Art was the buyer of a $4.07 million granite sculpture, Shiva as Brahma, that was auctioned at Sotheby’s sale of Indian and southeast Asian art in New York last month (ANL, 4/3/07). Read More

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Contemporary Art Resonates at $129M Asian Sales

Sales of Asian art in New York, from March 19-23, realized $89.76 million at Sotheby’s and $39.56 million at Christie’s, for a total of $129.3 million—compared with $51.6 million and $46.2 million, respectively, a year ago (ANL, 4/25/06), totaling $97.8 million. Among the lots: fine Chinese ceramics and works of art, and contemporary Asian, Indian and southeast Asian art—a category that included modern paintings and miniatures. Contemporary Asian art continues to be a major force behind the growth of sales in recent seasons. Read More

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Modern Art a Standout at Christie’s High-Water Asian Sales

Asian art sales held at Christie’s Hong Kong, from Nov. 26-30, garnered $210 million, far surpassing last year’s $139 million total (ANL, 1/3/06, p. 8). Works on offer included Asian contemporary art; 20th-century Chinese art; classical Chinese paintings and calligraphy; Imperial Chinese ceramics, from the collection of Robert Chang; Chinese jades, from the collection of Alan and Simone Hartman; modern and contemporary Southeast Asian Art; jewelry; and watches. Read More

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Sotheby’s Asian Art Sales in Hong Kong Fetch Record $138M

Sotheby’s four-day series of auctions in Hong Kong in early October realized its highest-ever total of $138.15 million and created seven new records. Read More