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.

Friday, 19 April, 2013, 11:10am

A humble bowl's brush with history

A small, plain bowl from the 12th century sold for a record HK$208 million - three times its pre-sale estimate - as Sotheby's five-day spring auction concluded yesterday in Hong Kong.

The 900-year-old Ru Guanyao (government ceramics kiln) lobed brush washer dating from the Northern Song dynasty is one of just five in private hands out of 79 in existence.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pretenders cash in on auction houses' prestige

International auction houses have become victims of China's thriving art market, with the emergence of a stream of companies seemingly related to the world's big three - Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonhams.

Despite persistent legal action taken in Hong Kong and on the mainland, the pretenders keep appearing.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Treasure worth HK$2.7b for sale

Tomorrow sees the opening of Sotheby's diverse Hong Kong Autumn Sales. Highlights from the collection have been showcased in travelling exhibitions across Asia over the past month, and a mesmerising exhibition of all the items on offer will be held at Hall 3 of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre's New Wing, from tomorrow until Thursday next week.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

In the name of humanity

Mainland artist Liu Xiaodong tells Ng Tze-wei how he learned to paint from a fresh point of view

For more than a decade after he graduated from Beijing's Central Academy of Fine Arts in 1988, realist painter Liu Xiaodong made his name with his studio portraits, which were free of social or political symbolism.

6 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Spectacular collection on offer at spring sale

Auction house promises to exhibit a strong and exceptional lineup of more than 1,700 pieces, including contemporary Southeast Asian paintings

3 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Sotheby's wins trademark battle

A Beijing court has ruled in favour of international auction house Sotheby's in a trademark-infringement case after a mainland auction company used the same name in Chinese.

14 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Good as gold

Considering Hongkongers' passion for collecting and investing, it was only a matter of time before banks and financial advisers started to cater to both interests by including collectables - art, vintage cars and the like - when assessing clients' portfolios, and hosting seminars on investing in such items.

1 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Red diamonds are the brightest stars of jewellery sale

Diamonds, coloured stones, jadeite and antique watches worth more than HK$326 million will be up for auction next week. The jewellery sale consists of more than 300 pieces which are expected to sell for more than HK$310 million.

5 Apr 2007 - 12:00am