10 Lots To Bid On At Bonhams Hong Kong This Month

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November 22, 2018 | BY Oliver Giles

Christmas is coming early for art lovers this year. On November 26, Bonhams is hosting its Modern and Contemporary Art sale in Hong Kong, selling everything from an early pumpkin sculpture by Yayoi Kusama to a bold painting by rising star Jane Lee to an abstract work by the in-demand Richard Lin.

Here, we introduce some of the highlights of the auction—and reveal how much the works are expected to sell for:

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity-Net 1959 (circa 1979). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Infinity-Net 1959 by Yayoi Kusama

Estimated sale price: HK$3,000,000—5,000,000

Why you should bid: Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin sculptures may be loved by Instagram influencers, but it's her Infinity Net paintings that regularly draw rapturous praise from art critics and historians. Works from this series are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and Guggenheim in New York . 

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10 Lots To Bid On At Bonhams Hong Kong This Month
Nam June Paik, Untitled (1989-1990). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Untitled by Nam June Paik

Estimated sale price: HK$280,000—380,000

Why you should bid: Nam June Paik was one of the first artists to explore the impact of video and television in his work. Take home a piece of history with this canvas, which mimics the TV test cards used by broadcasters around the world. 

See also: 10 Hong Kong Art Exhibitions To See In November

Chen Yifei, Clarinet Player (1987). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Clarinet Player by Chen Yifei

Estimated sale price: HK$7,000,000—9,000,000

Why you should bid: Described by the New York Times as "one of the first Chinese artists to bridge the gap between the art of the Cultural Revolution and Western contemporary art," Chen Yifei's realist paintings are loved and respected by critics, collectors and curators around the world. 

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Richard Lin, Painting Relief (1961). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Painting Relief by Richard Lin

Estimated sale price: HK$1,000,000—2,000,000

Why you should bid: Richard Lin is having something of a moment this year, with collectors clamouring to bag one of his works at auction. One of his works that sold for US$22,000 in Paris five years ago was re-sold for £491,000 earlier this year. 

Jane Lee, Without Canvas (2013). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Without Canvas by Jane Lee

Estimated sale price: HK$120,000—180,000

Why you should bid: Singaporean artist Jane Lee paints like no one else, slathering layer after layer of paint on to the canvas until it becomes a textural, colourful wall-mounted sculpture.

See also: Art Insider: Leng Lin

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Yayoi Kusama, Pumpkin (1982). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama

Estimated sale price: HK$1,500,000 - 2,500,000

Why you should bid: Popular with children and adults, art academics and dilettantes, and audiences from Tokyo to New York, Yayoi Kusama's pumpkin sculptures are some of the most beloved art works in the world. Bid for this one at Bonhams and you can have one for yourself. 

Lee Ufan, From Point No. 790278 (1979). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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From Point No. 790278 by Lee Ufan

Estimated sale price: HK$1,200,000—1,800,000

Why you should bid: Lee Ufan is one of the pioneers of South Korea's dansaekhwa movement, a style of painting that emerged in the 1970s and is sometimes described as the country's response to the minimalist movement developing at the time in the West. With its repetitive brushstrokes and muted colours, this painting is emblematic of the movement—meaning it's sure to be a favourite with collectors. 

See also: The Artist Is Present: Inside Gucci's Art Exhibition In Shanghai

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Cheong Soo Pieng, Void (1962). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Void by Cheong Soo Pieng

Estimated sale price: HK$800,000—1,200,000

Why you should bid: A teacher, scholar and artist, Cheong Soo Pieng was a pioneer of the Nanyang art style and played a pivotal role in developing and exploring the Modernist movement in Singapore. 

Miguel Covarrubias, Elefantes en la selva (circa 1932). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Elefantes en la selva by Miguel Covarrubias

Estimated sale price: HK$800,000—1,200,000

Why you should bid: This painting was completed shortly after Mexican artist Miguel Covarrubias visited Bali on his honeymoon—one of many extensive trips he took through Southeast Asia over the course of his life. 

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Yu Youhan, Yi Mengshan 02 (2002). (Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams)
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Yi Mengshan 02 by Yu Youhan

Estimated sale price: HK$1,200,000—1,800,000

Why you should bid: Contemporary Chinese artist Yu Youhan is most famous for his Political Pop paintings, but this traditional oil-on-canvas landscape from 2002 shows a very different side to his work—and showcases a whole new set of skills. 

To see more lots or learn more about the auction, visit bonhams.com

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