Christie’s four-day sale hits $36 million

NEW YORK – “We are thrilled with the outstanding sale of fine Chinese art from the Arthur M. Sackler collections. The results proved beyond a doubt that rare and exceptional works with excellent provenance continue to generate huge interest and demand from collectors throughout the world,” Theow H. Tow, deputy chairman, Christie’s Americas and Asia said.

Competitive and consistent bidding came from international buyers in a packed room and on Christie’s LIVE™.  Clients responded confidently to the museum-quality pieces of rare bronzes, jades, and paintings with a rate of 99 percent sold by lot and value. The white marble Buddhist votive stele became the centerpiece of the sale at $1,728,900.

Exceptional prices were achieved for the exquisite hanging scrolls of birds and ducks by Bada Shanren at $1,202,500; a rare yellow and pale russet jade archaistic hinged twin, Bi at $422,500; and a bronze tripod ritual food vessel and cover, Gui at $218,500.

Tow said, “It was gratifying that members of the original Christie’s team that worked on the Works of Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections in December 1994 were involved in this sale.”

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