30 years after the first sale in 1986, Christie’s Hong Kong Spring auctions realised yet another solid season of sales, with key international works offered such as the 15th C Imperial Ming blue and white “Dragon” Jar, the 5.03 ct.
Aurora Green diamond, and the Himalaya Birkin bag; all realising exceptional prices.
The auctions at Christie‟s between 27 May and 1 June welcomed new and long-standing buyers across price levels, styles, media and periods.
A Hermès Birkin handbag, which Christie's auction house describes as the "rarest, most sought-after, most valuable" of its kind, just broke records at a May 30 auction at the house's Hong Kong location.
At $300,108, the matte white Himalaya Niloticus Crocodile Diamond Birkin is now the most expensive handbag to sell at auction, topping last year's sale of a HK $1.72 million ($220,000) bright pink crocodile skin handbag by Hermès, which also sold at Christie's in Hong Kong.
Further strengthening its position in Asia, Christie’s Hong Kong Spring sale season realised a combined total of HK$2,818,565,713/US$364,618,004, solid results that reinforce the sale site as a well-established art centre alongside London and New York. This season Christie’s also offered the first dedicated online sale of Chinese painting, with 45% of the works achieving prices above their high estimate.
In celebration of our Christie’s 30th anniversary in Asia, we are pleased to present our 30th anniversary commemorative book, 30 Years in Asia, which takes a look back at the Asian art market and Christie’s 30 years of incredible growth and success.