We've previously reported on the average 20.6% rise in value achieved by Chinese collectible art pieces in 2011 (according to the Mei Moses index).
And, with more than 960,000 millionaires in the People's Republic and growing, you can bet that 2012 will also be a big year for rare Asian art.
Which is all the more reason for collectors to keep their eyes on the UK art markets this year.
Two sales that we've spotted are being held in Shropshire. Each will focus on rare and top quality Asian art pieces and are taking place on April 18 and September 19.
"I believe there is a large amount of hidden and undervalued Asian art in Shropshire," said director Jeremy Lamond of the auctioneer Halls.
"We look forward to lively interest in these new auctions due to the positive state of the market in this area. There is huge interest from Chinese mainland buyers in taking historical artefacts back to their country."
Last April, more than 40 pieces of Chinese jade and ceramics from the Brodie Lodge collection sold for £174,000 at the auction house - attracting considerable global interest.
Among Halls' sale highlights was a Chinese lion dog (pictured) which sold for £43,000.
Meanwhile, if you're a fan of Japanese art you can bid online for a very rare piece by Yayoi Kusama. She happens to be the world's most valuable female artist. Click here to find out more.
Watch this space for more upcoming news from 2012's Asian art markets.
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