Sotheby's New York | Chinese Paintings | Auction Summary

"Fine Chinese Paintings" sale has ended on 15 March. "Flowers, birds, fish and fruit" by Bada Shanren with the most expensive estimated price among all the offered lots in the sale, sucessfully becomes the top lot. It is realized at US$3 million, sliding towards the high estimate. However, yet with the second-high estimated price, Wang Shimin's "Clear Stream from the Forest" is unsold.

Xu Beihong's "Lion" has taken the second place with a realized price 4 times beyond its esitmate. The work was completed in the summer of 1931, the time when Xu returned from his trip to Tai Shan. The lion portrayed is stepping on rocks, standing proudly on the mountain top. "Lion" bears the marks of "Baihong" and "shou ming yu tian" (which means "chosen by the god").

On the third place, it is Wang Jian's "Landscape and Masters", which is also the third in the top-estimated lots.


Top Lots

Zhu Da (Bada Shanren) 1626-1705

Lot No.: 844
Size: 28.7 x 19.7 cm
Estimate: US$2,500,000-3,500,000
Sold: US$3,132,500

Xu Beihong 1895-1953

Lot No.: 956
Size: 51.8 x 82 cm
Estimate: US$150,000-200,000
Sold: US$828,500

Wang Jian 1598-1677

Lot No.: 835
Size: 20.7 x 15.1 cm
Estimate: US$600,000-800,000
Sold: US$732,500


Auction Summary

Auction House: Sotheby's New York
Sale: Fine Chinese Paintings
Sale No.: N09663
Date: 2017/3/16
Total Sales: US$14,365,750
Lots: 157
Sold: 135
Unsold: 22
Average Price per Sold Lot: US$106,413
Selling Rate: 86%

(prices include buyer's premium, unless otherwise stated)