The Christie’s annual Hong Kong autumn auctions (22-27 November) achieved a total of HK$2.6 billion / $337 million (including buyer’s premium), and saw artist records established for Asian and Western artists, including Sanyu, Kim Whan-Ki and Eddie Martinez.
Almost 14,000 visitors came to see the extraordinary breadth of objects spanning 20th Century and Contemporary Asian Art, Chinese Paintings and Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, as well as jewels, handbags and wine. The series, which spanned five days and 17 live sales, drew bidders from 50 countries and a new generation of collectors, with over 20 per cent of buyers classified as ‘millennials’.
Among the many stand-out results of the season were a Patek Philippe Ref. 2523 in pink gold, which realised HK$70,175,000, becoming the most expensive wristwatch ever to be auctioned in Asia; and an exceptionally rare six-bottle case of Romanée-Conti Grand Cru 1999 burgundy, which fetched HK$937,500 in the Fine & Rare Wines and Spirits auction.