Stellar Result of AU$4.9M
Achieved for Important Asian Art Sale in Sydney

Important Asian Art
9 May 2018

Wednesday evening 9 May saw another stellar result for Asian art at Bonhams Sydney. Collectors from around the globe participated with intense bidding from lot one, a Chinese painting on paper attributed to Pan Tianshou, achieving AU$1,464,000 inc BP.

The sale cleared 80% by lot though grossed $4,946,551, more than eight times its anticipated value. Featuring a number of important and previously unseen collections, the auction attracted interest internationally and bidders from 17 countries participated. Focussing on Chinese painting, the auction's highlights were works attributed to artists such as Pan Tianshow and Qi Baishi as well as by Zhang Shanzi. Held in Australian collections and discovered through the expertise and scholarship of Bonhams Asian art specialist Yvett Klein, works soared past their estimates as collectors fought to secure lots.

Also included were a group of highly prized early Chinese ceramics from the Reid Family Collection. All sold bar one lot with another tranche to be offered in London on 17 May. An archaic bronze ding from the Reid Family Collection of Sydney is highlighted on the cover of that auction catalogue.


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  1. Yvett Klein
    97-99 Queen Street
    Sydney, Australia 2025
    Work +61 2 8412 2231
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