Hong Kong – Bonhams Hong Kong sales this autumn totalled HK$281,650,910, spanning six auctions as the international auction house celebrates its 10th year operating in Hong Kong.

Edward Wilkinson, Executive Director of Bonhams Asia, commented, "We always aim to present highly curated sales that focus on quality and provenance. This season's results were a solid indication of the high level of interest with buyers being more selective. It further reinforces the sense of Hong Kong as one of the centres of the international auction market."

The sales that started and finished the season demonstrate the success of Bonhams strategy for the Asia market. The Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art sale of Images of Devotion on October 3 and the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale on November 28 achieved a total of HK$143,745,000.

The Images of Devotion sale totalled HK$73,360,000 with the leading lot achieving HK$21,900,000 – an elegant standing 11th-century Crowned Kurkihar Buddha, a canonical image in Buddhist art – doubling its estimate at HK$8,000,000-12,000,000. Other significant results were achieved by the 15th-century Tibetan luxuriously decorated figure of Akshobhya which made HK$18,060,000, and the powerful Mahakala from the Dali Kingdom from the late-12th to early-13th century that sold for HK$10,620,000 to the Long Museum in Shanghai against an estimate of HK$2,000,000-3,000,000.

The Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale realised a total of HK$70,385,000, with an average sold lot value of over HK$2,000,000. The top lot of the sale was a very rare pair of Imperial white-gazed relief-carved bottle vases, Qianlong seal marks and of the period (1736-1795), which sold for ten times their estimate at HK$15,700,000 (estimate at HK$1,500,000-2,000,000). A further strong price was achieved for an imperial-inscribed white and russet jade 'birthday celebration' boulder, first half 18th century, with two-character seal mark Chun He, attributed to Prince Yunli (1697-1738), the 17th son of the Kangxi Emperor, which made HK$7,900,000.

Asaph Hyman, International Head, Chinese Art, said, "Bonhams Chinese ceramics and works of art sales in London and Hong Kong are going from strength to strength, demonstrating the enthusiasm in the market for objects of great rarity and exceptional quality."


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