On 21 November in Hong Kong Bonhams presents a brand new sale, Unplugged, bringing together some of the most adventurous and thought provoking works and objects of the auction season.
Writing in the sale catalogue, Bonhams Director of Contemporary Art from Asia, Ingrid Dudek, explains the thinking behind this new concept. "With this sale we have selected works that inspire us in their fresh insights into old forms, their playful expressions, or their unique materiality. We aim to move away from the classic categories of Prints or Photographs to think more about how collectors develop their own visions and taste. As the title of the sale suggests, we invite the collector to unplug from the considerable noise of the outside world, to discover anew what inspires them, and, most of all, to have fun."
• Yellow, Red & Green Pumpkin by Yayoi Kusama (1929). Created in 1998, each object is cast in resin and signed and numbered 5/30 on the underside. Estimated at HK$100,000-150,000.
• Untitled by Shao Fan (1964). Three works made from elm and catalpha and individually
signed. Estimated at HK$150,000-200,000.
• Untitled (Et In Arcadia Ego) by Robert Longo (1953). An archival pigment print, signed, numbered 8/30 and dated 2010 in pencil. Estimated at HK$50,000-80,000.
• Lightning Field, South Dakota by Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990). This work was taken in 1986 and printed in 1996. It is titled, dated, and numbered 2/9 by Muna Tseng, the photographer's sister, in ink and with the estate/copyright stamp, signed by Muna Tseng in ink, on the reverse. Estimated at HK$40,000-60,000.
• Complete Seymchan meteorite slice with extraterrestrial gemstones. From the Magadan District, Siberia, Russia where two large metallic masses were found in the 1960s. Identified as meteorites, they were named Seymchan after a nearby town. Estimated at HK$45,000-65,000.
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