Venus No.4, Statue of Venus (Obliterated by Infinity Nets) by Yayoi Kusama (born in 1929) makes its debut appearance at auction in this sale (estimate: HK$3 million to HK$3.5 million). Venus No. 1, from the same series, fetched about HK$3.6 million at Seoul Auction's Hong Kong sale in May last year, setting an auction record for a sculpture by Kusama. Kusama has become a legend in Japanese contemporary art and is one of the most widely collected Japanese artists today. Her paintings, collages, sculptures, performance art and installations all share an obsession with repetition and pattern. This began in childhood when she experienced hallucinations in which dots and flowers covered everything she saw. In this work, the hallucinatory red and black patterns start on the flat, two-dimensional surface of the canvas, and extend into the three-dimensional sculpture. Also fresh to the market is Walking Alone by Yoshitomo Nara (born in 1959), an exceptional work made in 1998 (estimate: HK$ 1.3 million to HK$1.5 million). Nara came to the attention of the international art world in the 1990s with his paintings of innocent-looking children drawn with cartoonish lines and little or no background. Today, he is one of the most sought-after contemporary Japanese artists and his intriguing works have earned him a cult following worldwide. Works by emerging Japanese artists include Flat Ball No. 1, No. 9 by Samejima Daisuke (born in 1979) (estimate: HK$14,000 to HK$16,000); and Winters Tale by Matsuura Hiroyuki (born in 1964) (estimate: HK$130,000 to HK$170,000).