Auction Preview: Sotheby’s ‘Boundless: Contemporary Art,’ Hong Kong, Jan 19

‘Be A Somebody With A Body,” acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1985, by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Estimate: HKD 900,000 - HKD 1,200,000 (US$ 116,046 - US$ 154,728)
(Sotheby's)

Sotheby’s inaugurates the 2017 auction season with Americana Week in New York, but in Hong Kong, it’s first auction in the new year is dedicated to contemporary art. Titled “Boundless: Contemporary Art,” the sale presents works ranging from Western and Asian modern and contemporary art to celebrated design pieces by the likes of Guy de Rougement, Edward Weston, Ai Weiwei and Herzog & De Meuron, and Claude Lalanne to name a few. The sale will also offer a selection of Western and Asian photographs and rare artist-designed jewelleries. French designer de Rougemont is being introduced at auction in Asia for the first time through this sale. 

What: Sotheby’s ‘Boundless: Contemporary Art’ auction

Where: Sotheby’s Hong Kong 5/F One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong

When: January 19, 2017, 6pm HKT

Public viewing: January 13 - January 19, 10am - 6pm HKT; January 15, 1pm - 5pm HKT

Top lots of the sale: In decreasing order of pre-auction estimates, the top lots of the sale are as follows:

* Twenty-Eight Gold Medallions (A set of 24 + A set of 4), by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973). Each medallion is based after a ceramic created by Picasso and executed in gold by François Hugo and Pierre Hugo after 1967 in a numbered edition of 20 plus 2 exemplaires d’artiste and 2 exemplaires d’auteur. Estimate: HKD 3,500,000 - HKD 4,000,000 (US$ 451,290 - US$ 515,760)

* “Les Bateux,” oil on canvas, circa 1950 by Zao Wou-Ki (Zhao Wuji, 1920-2013). Estimate: HKD 3,000,000 - HKD 4,000,000 (US$ 386,820 - US$ 515,760)

* Untitled, black ink, gouache and printed paper collage on paper, circa 1988, by Keith Haring (1958-1990). Estimate: HKD 1,800,000 - HKD 2,800,000 (US$ 232,092 - US$ 361,032)

* “Late Night in St. Moritz,” pastel, charcoal, gouache, paper collage on canvas, 1990, by George Condo (born 1957). Estimate: HKD 1,000,000 - HKD 2,000,000 (US$ 128,940 - US$ 257,880)

* ‘Be A Somebody With A Body,” acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas, 1985, by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). Estimate: HKD 900,000 - HKD 1,200,000 (US$ 116,046 - US$ 154,728)

* “MT Rocker,” polished bronze rods, 2005, by Ron Arad (born 1951). Estimate: HKD 900,000 - HKD 1,200,000 (US$ 116,046 - US$ 154,728)

* “Epsom, Les Turfistes Dans Les Tribunes,” watercolor on paper, 1939, by Raoul Dufy (1877-1953). Estimate: HKD 800,000 - HKD 1,000,000 (US$ 103,152 - US$ 128,940)

* “Keep It Real,” stencil spray paint and acrylic on canvas, 2002, by Banksy (born 1974). Estimate: HKD 700,000 - HKD 1,000,000 (US$ 90,258 - US$ 128,940)

* “Study for a Tissue of Lies,” oil on panel, 1957, by Max Ernst (1891-1976). Estimate: HKD 700,000 - HKD 900,000 (US$ 90,258 - US$ 116,046)

* “Red Landscape,” oil on canvas, 1964, by M.F. Husain (1913-2011). Estimate: HKD 700,000 - HKD 900,000 (US$ 90,258 - US$ 116,046)

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