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Chinese art buyers help Christie's to record sales year

Christie's staff take phone bids at its Shanghai auction in September last year. The firm now has a Chinese-language website. Photo: AFP

Chinese buyers drove up Christie's sales by 14 per cent to US$7.13 billion last year, a record high not just for the British auction house but for any company ever in the art market.

Thursday, 23 January, 2014, 4:30pm

US$1m bid for lunch with Warren Buffett, down from US$3.4m

Warren Buffett

The annual charity auction of a private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett went for just more than US$1 million - a bargain price compared to past years for an opportunity to sit down with one of the world's most successful philanthropists.

9 Jun 2013 - 9:19am

Calm head pays dividends for auctioneer

Calm head pays dividends for auctioneer

Ji Tao was one of the first registered auctioneers on the mainland, and he has seen the auction industry develop since the government passed a law in 1997 standardising auction practices and protecting those involved. Today, with his own company in Beijing, Ji looks back on his 15 years as an auctioneer.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Calculating how many BMWs artistic value buys

Calculating how many BMWs artistic value buys

I confess that I myself don't know what art is. It used to mean pretty pictures and you learned to appreciate them by consuming wine and cheese. I gather it now means anything awarded a government arts grant and it includes the odd obscenity in order to demonstrate free spirit.

30 May 2013 - 2:56am

Chinese art buyers shun smaller shops for major auction houses

Kevin Ching, Sotheby's Asia CEO

Mainland Chinese make up a quarter of the world's fine art buyers, but this does not mean local art dealers have benefited. "Chinese buyers usually either buy at auctions or from the most reputable and best known dealers," said Sotheby's Asia CEO Kevin Ching.

27 May 2013 - 4:21am

Auction of Chinese literary couple's letters sparks privacy row

Writers Yang Jiang and Qian Zhongshu. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Around 100 letters and manuscripts by one of China's top literary couples are to be auctioned next month, amid reports of a row over privacy.

23 May 2013 - 5:01am

Prize racing pigeon sells for record €310,000 to Chinese businessman

Yi Minna, chief operating officer at the Pipa auction house, watches birds in a coop at Pigeon Paradise in Knesselare, Belgium. Photo: AP

Flying high above Europe's economic crisis, a lightning-fast pigeon named Bolt became the world's most expensive racing bird when his Belgian breeder sold it for €310,000 (HK$3.1 million) to a Chinese businessman.

22 May 2013 - 4:20am 1 comment

Asian gourmet forks out US$36,750 for dinner with top chef Ferran Adria

Ferran Adria

An anonymous Asian gourmet has paid US$36,750 at a New York auction to have dinner for four with top chef Ferran Adria.

29 Apr 2013 - 4:29am

First round of elBulli sale a resounding success

World renowned michelin starred chef and former elBulli head chef Ferran Adria at the end of the Sotheby's elBulli wine auction. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The much- anticipated Sotheby’s elBullicellar auction in Hong Kong on April 3, sold to benefit the elBulli foundation made HK$14.1 Million, with 82 per cent of items making more than their pre-sale estimate. The pre-sale estimates had totaled HK$9.2 Million, with all of the 445 wine lots sold.

19 Apr 2013 - 11:10am

Chinese masterworks fetch HK$202m

Wang Yidong's Teasing the Newlyweds sold for HK$19.1million. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Aficionados of 20th century Chinese art were out in force yesterday, spending HK$202 million on a variety of works sourced from around the globe at a Hong Kong auction.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

ElBulli's closing auction raises HK$14m for chef's foundation

Michelin-starred chef Ferran Adria toasts the result of yesterday's auction at the exhibition centre in Wan Chai. Photo: Jonathan Wong

There may be no such thing as a free lunch, but the price paid yesterday for four people to enjoy a meal with star Spanish chef Ferran Adria was steep: HK$220,000. The offer was part of the Sotheby's Hong Kong auction at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai for the cellar contents from Adria's now-closed restaurant, elBulli, famed for its "molecular gastronomy".

4 Apr 2013 - 5:19am

Talking points

Kan Tai-keung

China Guardian Auctions, a mainland auction house specialising in Chinese artwork, will hold a two-day Spring Auction Sale Series of ceramics, painting and calligraphy including Hong Kong ink paintings at the Island Shangri-La in Central.

4 Apr 2013 - 3:17am

Auction test for Hong Kong's free-wheeling ink artists

Kan Tai-keung with one of the ink paintings for auction by China Guardian. Hong Kong artists were experimenting with the medium long before mainland artists, he says. Photo: May Tse

A special sale will showcase Hong Kong ink paintings and put local artists in touch with mainland collectors. The sale, part of China Guardian's spring auction at the Island Shangri-La tomorrow, will feature 25 lots by 20 Hong Kong artists, including Liu Kuo-sung, Lui Shou-kwan and Kan Tai-keung.

3 Apr 2013 - 4:22am

Whither China’s art market?

A worker shows off the various artwork up for bidding at the Poly 2012 Spring Art Auction in Beijing. Photo: AFP

After the high values achieved in recent New York Asian art auctions, the art world’s eyes focus to Sotheby’s Hong Kong, with Chinese selling art, jewellery and wine this week.

2 Apr 2013 - 9:45am

Tycoons William Koch and Eric Greenberg fight battle over fake wine

Eric Greenberg

When billionaire US collector William Koch concluded the vintage wines he bought at auction were counterfeit, he made a federal court case out of it, that has so far cost both sides a total of US$14 million.

28 Mar 2013 - 3:29am