Sotheby’s Hong Kong 2012 Spring Sale Series to be held from 31 March to 4 April

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Spring Sales 2012 will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 31 March to 4 April 2012. The sale series will include Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, Fine Chinese Paintings, Contemporary Asian Art, 20th Century Chinese Art, Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Paintings, Jewellery, Watches and Wines. A total of over 2,900 lots on offer are expected to fetch in excess of HK$1.8 billion / US$233 million.

Selected highlights will be showcased in travelling exhibitions in Jakarta (2 - 3 March), Shanghai (7 – 8 March), Beijing (10 - 11 March), Chengdu (13 - 14 March), Singapore (17 - 18 March), Bangkok (20 – 21 March) and Taipei (24 - 25 March), followed by a public exhibition of all of the properties on offer at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 31 March to 3 April.

Kevin Ching, Chief Executive Officer of Sotheby’s Asia, said, “We are proud to open the Spring auction season in Asia with an exciting series of sales. Of particular note, we will offer a Song dynasty washer from the fabled Ru kilns, the ultimate fantasy of collectors through the centuries. We are also very privileged to offer the third instalment of the Meiyintang Collection of Imperial Chinese Porcelains, the grandest collection of its kind in Europe.

Among the exceptional paintings that we have collected, there is an abstract work by Zao Wou-Ki entitled 25.06.86 as well as an early Bloodline — Big Family: Family No.2 (pictured left) by contemporary artist Zhang Xiaogang. A dazzling 8.01-carat Emerald-cut Fancy Vivid Blue Diamond and Diamond Ring will be the piece de resistance of our exceptional jewels.

In response to the blossoming connoisseurship and avid demand in China, Sotheby’s will be having an inaugural exhibition in Chengdu where jewellery and watch highlights will be showcased, in addition to our customary exhibitions in Shanghai and Beijing where all categories will be represented. Expanding the geographical scope of our exhibitions is just one among many new strategic initiatives tailored for China, the fastest growing art market in the world.”