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  • Zao Wou-Ki painting leads Sotheby's 20th Century Chinese Art auction
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    Paul Fraser
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Zao Wou-Ki painting leads Sotheby's 20th Century Chinese Art auction

An atmospheric oil on canvas by contemporary Chinese-French artist Zao Wou-Ki led Sotheby's April 6 auction of 20th century Chinese art.

The painting sold for $4.8m in Hong Kong - a 15.9% increase on the work's top estimate.


Since its creation 35 years ago, the painting has been selected by international curators for 21 prominent exhibitions in Asia and Europe

The 1983 work is signed in both Pinyin and Chinese, and was originally acquired from the artist by a Swiss private collector.

The sale price represents a new auction record for the artist. Previously, the 1992 work May-September, which brought $1m to Sotheby's in October 2006, held the accolade.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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