Xu Beihong

China Guardian Auctions plans first sale in Hong Kong

China Guardian Auctions' Wang Yannan says an expansion into Hong Kong is logical. Photo: Nora Tam

A leading mainland art auction house will hold its first Hong Kong sale next month, offering traditional Chinese ink paintings and calligraphy, as well as classical Chinese furniture from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Thursday, 6 September, 2012, 3:51am

'Counterfeit' painting sells for 90m yuan

A controversial painting said to be by early 20th century master Xu Beihong has sold for nearly 90 million yuan (HK$110.48 million), despite suspicions in the art community that it is a counterfeit.

29 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Exceptional works for connoisseurs

The Fine Chinese Paintings and Contemporary Asian Art sale offers more than 170 lots of exceptional works, with a total estimated value of HK$38 million to HK$57 million for collectors and connoisseurs of different art forms.

21 May 2012 - 12:00am

Sotheby's HK Autumn Sales 2011

Auctions including of: fine Chinese paintings (including Xu Beihong's Buffaloes, left) today, 10am, 2pm; items donated from alumni and friends to benefit The University of Oxford China Centre, today, 3pm; The Meiyintang Collection, Part II, tomorrow, 10am. HK Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, free entry. Inquiries: 2822 8142. Ends Thu

4 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

70m yuan painting dismissed as fake

An oil painting purportedly by renowned artist Xu Beihong that fetched more than 70 million yuan (HK$85.5 million) at auction in Beijing last year is actually just a class exercise painted 30 years after Xu's death, according to an open letter signed by 10 alumni of the China Central Academy of Fine Arts.

17 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

HK$500m painting breaks record

A painting with a couplet by Chinese artist Qi Baishi set a record for modern art and calligraphy on the mainland when it sold for 425.5 million yuan (HK$508.5 million) at auction on Sunday night.

The price meant its value had risen more than 2,000 per cent in six years.

24 May 2011 - 12:00am

Firm wants director to return artwork

Hong Kong-listed investment company Applied Development Holdings has filed a High Court writ demanding that non-executive director Mimi Wong Kar-gee return artwork, including a hanging scroll by Xu Beihong, that the firm claims belongs to it and which it wants to auction off to raise funds.

5 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Thieves tie up novelist and strip home of HK$5m in valuables

A successful author and art trader was held up by two armed burglars in her luxury home in Lok Ma Chau yesterday and robbed of antique jewellery worth HK$5 million.

Elisa Yu Lee-sha, 54, said she was reading alone in her two-storey house on Sam Tam Road when two men wearing surgical masks and armed with a knife and screwdriver confronted her at about 2am.

29 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Equestrian collection

An exhibition now on at the Hong Kong Museum of Art celebrates Hong Kong's hosting of the 2008 Olympic equestrian events. Story of the Horse brings attention to the role the horse has played in Chinese art and culture over the centuries.

4 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

A little horseplay

Ageneration of students in Singapore read about Xu Beihong and the magnificent, spirited horses he painted in their standard Chinese-language textbooks. Now they have the chance to see up close what the big deal is about Xu - 70 years after his last major show on the island.

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Drama kings

A zeppelin is on fire in the sky, exploding above Shanghai's Oriental Pearl Tower. You've probably seen it before: that photograph of the hydrogen-filled Hindenburg combusting at Lakehurst Naval Air Station in New Jersey in 1937. Only, time and space has been transposed.

9 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Brush with uncertainty

Chinese ink used to be widely taught and practised in local schools. Not any more. 'When we were young, writing out characters using a Chinese brush was a form of classroom punishment,' says Chan Shing-kau, 54. 'It was one way to expose kids to the medium. Now, even that opportunity has disappeared.'

31 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Under the hammer

All these paintings broke auction records.

Put Down Your Whip (1939) by Xu Beihong.

Sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong on April 7, 2007, for HK$72 million.

Sinking Ship (1995) by Liu Ye.

Sold by Sotheby's Hong Kong on April 7, 2007, for HK$7,040,000.

Tiananmen Square (1993) by Zhang Xiaogang.

1 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Wu Guanzhong painting sells for HK$31.6m

Chinese ink-wash painting master Wu Guanzhong's Scenery of Northern China fetched the top price at Christie's spring sale yesterday when it sold for HK$31.6 million - more than double estimates. The landscape portrait, the only piece by Wu in private hands, topped two other contemporary Chinese paintings sold on the first day of the five-day auction.

28 May 2007 - 12:00am

Cashing in on artistic talent

Despite its abstract nature, art can make many people happy. A beautiful painting can stimulate a viewer's visual senses and bring them immense satisfaction. Captivated by a brooding sculpture or the delicate craft of a painter, an art lover can stand in front of their favourite piece admiring it for hours.

14 May 2007 - 12:00am