10 Lots To Bid On At Christie's This May
By Oliver Giles
May 14, 2018
Art collectors from around the world will have their eye on Hong Kong on May 26 and 27, when Christie's will host three auctions of modern and contemporary art. Featuring everything from an 'Infinity Net' painting by Yayoi Kusama to major works by Chinese abstract artist Zao Wou-ki to a painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat, these auctions have something to interest all art lovers. Here, we introduce some of the highlights—and reveal how much the works are expected to sell for.
“Untitled (Orange Sports Figure)” by Jean-Michel Basquiat is estimated to sell for HK$62 million—94 million. The crowd will be keeping their eyes peeled for Japanese collector Yusaku Maezawa, who set the auction record for a Basquiat painting when he bought one for US$110 million in 2017.
Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara has won fans around the world with his manga-inspired drawings and paintings of sinister children. This painting, called “Punch Me Harder”, is estimated to sell for HK$10 million—15 million.
“14.12.59” by Chinese abstract painter Zao Wou-ki is estimated to sell for HK$68 million—88 million. This work was painted in 1959, when the artist lived in Paris.
Korean artist Nam June-Paik is often described as the founder of video art. This robot-inspired installation, “Alexander the Great”, is estimated to sell for HK$4 million—6 million.
Chen Yifei was a renowned Chinese painter in the 20th century. This work, “Beauties on Promenade” from 1997, is characteristic of his classical style. The estimate is available upon request.
A selection of works by Southeast Asian artists are included in Christie’s auctions this season. “Kuda Lumping” by Indonesian artist Hendra Gunawan is valued at HK$3.5 million—5.5 million.
Wu Guangzhong is often cited as the founder of modern Chinese painting. This work, “New Bamboos Alongside Li River”, is estimated t sell for HK$18 million—28 million.
“No. F. C. H.” by Yayoi Kusama is an example of the artist’s ‘Infinity Net’ series of paintings. This oil on canvas is estimated to sell for HK$16 million—26 million.
Chinese artist Yun Gee, who died in 1963, was deeply inspired by his years living in the USA. “Old Broadway in Winter” is estimated to sell for HHK$30 million—40 million.
“Untitled” by Zeng Fanzhi, one of the most famous Chinese contemporary artists, is valued at HK$8million—12 million.