New and established collectors turned up for a series of auctions to mark the first anniversary of Christie’s in Shanghai. Modern and contemporary art, wine, jewellery, watches and the new category of Chinese Contemporary Design sold to both Chinese and international clients. The top lot in the Asian and Western art auction was Zeng Fanzhi’a Untitled 06-3 which made US$3,188,562. The design sale was led by Da Tian Di (Sky and Earth), an exceptionally large Bo Luo lacquered Zitan desk which made US$830,204. The sales brought in US$21,674,692.
“Collectors gathered in Shanghai, virtually and in person, to celebrate the art of living and living with art. When Christie’s was permitted to be the first international auction house to host independent auctions in mainland China in 2013, we made a commitment to curate inspiring and inviting artistic experiences for our clients. The selection of Asian and Western art and objects on view this week delivered on this promise,” said Jinqing Cai, President, Christie’s China.
“Recent successful sales in London, Paris and Dubai over the last week demonstrate the interest in collecting art by the global audience continues to grow”, commented Steven Murphy, Chief Executive Officer, Christie’s. “Christie’s successful sales today in Shanghai, combined with the historic opening of our new building in the city, demonstrate our ongoing commitment to serving collectors in China and around the world.”
Zeng Fanzhi – Untitled 06-3.
Da Tian Di Bo Luo lacquer Zitan desk.