"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.
Zhu Da (Bada Shanren) 1626-1705
FLOWERS, BIRDS, FISH AND FRUIT
Lot No.: 844
Size: 28.7 x 19.7 cm
Xu Beihong 1895-1953
Lot No.: 956
Size: 51.8 x 82 cm
Wang Jian 1598-1677
LANDSCAPE AFTER OLD MASTERS
Lot No.: 835
Size: 20.7 x 15.1 cm
Auction House: Sotheby's New York
Sale: Fine Chinese Paintings
Sale No.: N09663
Total Sales: US$14,365,750
Average Price per Sold Lot: US$106,413
Selling Rate: 86%
(prices include buyer's premium, unless otherwise stated)