Top Artists To Buy, Priced Within Reach, At Sotheby’s HK Contemporary Asian Art Auction (Oct 4)

Artwork Handpicked For The New Collector

After a strong showing at this spring’s auction season in Hong Kong, where the total volume of Chinese Contemporary Art sales ($15.6 million) was more than double that of both Spring 2009 ($7.6 million) and Autumn 2009 ($7.1 million), we’re looking to see if new Chinese collectors will continue to dominate at the upcoming autumn auctions in Hong Kong, and if their high confidence in the Chinese art market will translate to more broken records.

Although top Chinese contemporary artists like Liu Ye and Yue Minjun are selling in the $1 million+ level again, nearly at pre-financial-crisis levels, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some good buys to be had at Sotheby’s Contemporary Asian Art auction, taking place in Hong Kong on October 4. Here are Jing Daily’s “top artists within reach,” top-quality works with estimates ranging from $4,000 to $52,000. Although an affordable estimate doesn’t necessarily translate to an affordable sale price when we’re dealing with Chinese collectors — as we’ve seen regularly — there may be some surprises.

Liu Ye: “RGB-Blue” (2001)

Lot: 678
Watercolor, signed in pinyin and Chinese by the artist
Size: 55 x 74.5 cm (21″ x 29″)
Estimate: HK$250,000–350,000 (US$32,200–45,100)

Liu Ye

Liu Ye


Liu Wei: “Untitled” (1997)

Lot: 686
Oil and Mixed Media on Paper, signed in pinyin and Chinese
Size: 16.5 x 14.3 cm (6.49″ x 5.6″)
Estimate: HK$55,000–80,000 (US$7,100–10,300)

Liu Wei

Liu Wei

Yue Minjun: “Smile Series (7 Works)”

Lot: 825
Print signed in pinyin and numbered 38/45
Size: 110 x 89.5 cm (43″ x 35″)
Estimate: HK$320,000–400,000 (US$41,200–51,500)

Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun

Yue Minjun

Huang Yong Ping: “The Pole of the East” (2004)

Lot: 687
Watercolor, signed in Chinese
Size: 76 x 56 cm (30″ x 22″)
Estimate: HK$60,000–80,000 (US$7,800–10,300)

Huang Yong Ping

Huang Yong Ping

Li Shan: “Rouge Series” (2005)

Lot: 693
Oil and paper collage on canvas, signed in Chinese and pinyin
Size: 56 x 46 cm (22″ x 18″)
Estimate: HK$120,000–160,000 (US$15,500–20,600)

Li Shan

Li Shan

Wang Guangyi: “Creat Criticism Series: Casio” (2003)

Lot: 694
Oil on canvas
Size: 50.5 x 40.5 cm (19.75″ x 15.8″)
Estimate: HK$120,000–180,000 (US$15,500–23,200)

Wang Guangyi

Wang Guangyi

Wang Qingsong: “Requesting Buddha Series No. 1” (1999)

Lot: 700
Chromogenic print, signed in pinyin and Chinese
Size: 179 x 110 cm (70.5″ x 43.25″)
Estimate: HK$30,000–40,000 (US$3,900–5,200)

Wang Qingsong

Wang Qingsong

Sui Jianguo: “Legacy Mantle” (2006)

Lot: 711
Fiberglas with automotive paint, signed in pinyin and numbered 10/10
Size: 51 x 30 cm (24″ x 20″ x 11.75″)
Estimate: HK$160,000–240,000 (US$20,600–30,900)

Sui Jianguo

Sui Jianguo

Zhang Dali: “19981210B” (1998)

Lot: 723
Chromogenic print, signed in pinyin and Chinese, numbered 1/10
Size: 90 x 60 cm (38.3″ x 23.6″)
Estimate: HK$30,000–50,000 (US$3,900–6,500)

Zhang Dali

Zhang Dali

Qiu Xiaofei: “Weight the Body” (2004)

Lot: 728
Oil on board
Diameter: 60 cm (23.6″)
Estimate: HK$120,000–160,000 (US$15,500–20,600)

Qiu Xiaofei

Qiu Xiaofei

Zeng Fanzhi: “Portrait” (2004)

Lot: 780
Marker on paper, signed in Chinese and dated
Size: 21.5 x 19.5 cm (8.46″ x 7.67″)
Estimate: HK$65,000–100,000 (US$8,400–12,900)

Zeng Fanzhi

Zeng Fanzhi

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