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Chinese art buyers help Christie's to record sales year

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

Christie's plays down Shanghai threat to Hong Kong

Christie's auction in Shanghai tomorrow, the first to be run independently on the mainland by a foreign firm, would not challenge Hong Kong's leading role in the art business in Asia, the British house's chief executive said.

25 Sep 2013 - 4:04am

London auction houses hope more collectors defy the economy

Auctioneers are pinning their hopes on "uber-collectors" to help London's summer art sales top last year's US$1 billion total when the series kicks off later this month.

16 Jun 2013 - 4:10pm


There was plenty of drama at Christie's Hong Kong Magnificent Jewels auction on Tuesday, which raked in just over HK$640.5 million from about 290 lots including signed pieces from Cartier, Tiffany & Co and Van Cleef & Arpels.

3 Jun 2013 - 9:57am

Master's scrolls fetch HK$80m

A work by Chinese master Zhang Daqian, dubbed the "Picasso of the East", fetched more than HK$80.51 million at auction yesterday, Christie's Hong Kong said. A set of four large hanging scrolls entitled Lotus sold for that amount at the auction house's fine Chinese modern paintings sale, beating pre-sale estimates by more than HK$65 million.

29 May 2013 - 5:37am 1 comment

Auction houses pin hopes on spring sales

Shrugging off international competition, the mainland's art auction houses are busy preparing for their spring auction season, hopeful that collectors will start buying again after the market fell heavily.

28 May 2013 - 5:03am

Auctions speak louder

The art market seems to be recovering its allure after a year in which no amount of wooing was able to rekindle the fervour of buyers. Sotheby's early April six-day sale indicated that the market had hit bottom last year.

8 May 2013 - 12:04pm

A tale of two cities reveals the art of ambition and confidence

Many readers of my column know I am a native of Shanghai and have been working and living in Hong Kong since 2008. The column is called Mr. Shangkong, which combines Shanghai and Hong Kong into one word.

Given my background, I am often asked by friends in either city more or less the same question: "Which city is better?" Well, I have to say I can't offer a simple answer.

15 Apr 2013 - 6:55am 6 comments

Shanghai targets Hong Kong art market with licence for Christie's

Shanghai is threatening to steal a march on Hong Kong's art market by allowing a leading global auction house to conduct its business there.

10 Apr 2013 - 8:52am

Tang wine auction clouded by doubts over authenticity

A detailed counterfeit wine allegation has been circulating on online forum Wine Berserkers, but former chief secretary Henry Tang said he "has no reason to doubt their authenticity".

19 Mar 2013 - 10:25am 1 comment

Withdrawn Henry Tang lot one of world's most prized wines

A bottle of wine that was withdrawn from Christie's auction of Henry Tang Ying-yen's wines could have fetched as much as HK$220,900. Christie's removed the estimated price for the six-litre bottle, a Methuselah of 1971 La Tache, after its authenticity was questioned by US attorney Don Cornwell, who sent e-mails to David Elswood, the international head of wine at Christie's, and the FBI, to express his suspicions.

19 Mar 2013 - 4:47am

Henry Tang’s wine auction fetches HK$48m total

Former chief secretary Henry Tang sold off part of his rare wine collection for more than HK$48 million, auction house Christie’s said on Sunday, after a scandal over a wine cellar at his home was partly blamed for his loss last year’s chief executive race.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Secret of former chief secretary Henry Tang's wine cellar remains bottled up

A wine expert given a rare glimpse inside former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen's wine cellar is remaining tight-lipped about its location.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:39am

Sold for HK$1m - Henry Tang cashes in on rare wines

Former chief secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen's top lot of wine, said to be among the rarest in the world, sold at auction last night for HK$1 million. Christie's auction house estimated the total sale of 811 lots, which started yesterday and continues today, would raise more than HK$29 million.

16 Mar 2013 - 5:12am 3 comments

Christie's rose period

Growing demand for contemporary art helped sales climb 10 per cent at Christie's International last year, even as its market shrank in Asia and the Middle East.

18 Jan 2013 - 5:27am