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Sotheby’s Hong Kong 2021 Autumn Auctions Preview

18 September 2021 - 21 September 2021



This autumn, Sotheby’s and K11 Group will collaborate once again between 18 and 21 September to showcase Sotheby’s Hong Kong 2021 Autumn Auctions Preview at K11 MUSEA, the ‘Silicon Valley of Culture’ in Hong Kong, presenting highlights from Sotheby’s September and October auctions.

Wong Kar Wai x Sotheby’s – A Modern Collaboration
A hot topic since its official announcement last week – Wong Kar Wai, one of modern cinema’s most influential film directors, will join the Sotheby’s Modern Art Auctions in October, together presenting an unprecedented collection. The K11 MUSEA preview will be the first to publicly showcase the iconic Heartbreak Tango – Yellow Jacket, which will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s Modern Art Evening Sale on 9 October. The leather jacket was worn by leading actor Leslie Cheung in the film Happy Together (1997), which won Best Director at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival, marking the first time a Chinese director had won this award. Depicting the love story of a male couple living in Argentina and starring the legendary Cheung as Ho Po-Wing, the film was groundbreaking at the time. Scenes showing Cheung wearing the leather jacket remain a classic icon for fans, and the jacket, which has been preserved in the Jet Tone Archive since the release of the film 25 years ago, is in excellent condition. In addition, the preview will also showcase “Happy Together | WKW x Jet Tone Films 30th Anniversary”, a dedicated sale of collectibles from the Jet Tone Archive. Each item comes with a certificate signed by Wong, encapsulating a symbolic moment in his oeuvre.

A Feast in Art and Creativity
The four-day preview will feature over 40 pieces of modern and contemporary art by Asian and Western masters including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lin Fengmian, Zao Wou-Ki, Chu Teh-Chun, Bernard Buffet, Georges Mathieu, Fernando Zobel, Kazuo Shiraga, George Condo and Yoshitomo Nara, while also include an exciting collection of works by market darlings such as Louis Fratino, Joel Mesler and Avery Singer. For modern art, all eyes are on Auguste Rodin’s sculpture Napoléon Enveloppé dans Son Rêve. Created between 1904 and 1909, this marble work is regarded as one of the rarest and most legendary marble sculptures by Rodin to be ever offered at auction. Amongst the highlights for contemporary art is the exuberant masterpiece, Yougen, by Kazuo Shiraga, hailing from the post-Gutai period in 2003. A dynamic example of the artist’s gestural, action-based painting, Yougen is executed in beastly lacerations of red, purple and blue, one of the most charged, exhilarating palettes from the artist’s highly acclaimed foot-painting lexicon.

Into the World of Luxury
Fashionistas and tastemakers alike will be immersed into a world of luxury, as selected pieces from the jewellery, watches, sneakers and handbags sales will be on display. Highlights of this section includes a magnificent Harry Winston diamond necklace. Weighing a total of 177.51 carats, this necklace is a masterpiece of true opulence. Designed as a cascade of diamonds, the nine graduated pear-shaped stones at the front, all D-colour and Internally Flawless, have been meticulously selected to match the standard of quality that is paramount to the Harry Winston brand. The necklace is featured in the upcoming “Diamonds: The Dazzling ∞” live sale on 24 September, and will be auctioned with cryptocurrency as an accepted method of payment. Other pieces include: a brand-new platinum and diamond-set Patek Philippe reference 5307, featuring the instantaneous perpetual calendar, minute repeater and tourbillon. Introduced in 2013 and only available for 2 short years, the wristwatch is an extremely rare example that is highly sought after; as well as a Hermès Alligator Birkin Touch 30 and a Hermès Mini Picnic Kelly along with an exciting selection of 20 luxury handbags in a variety of skins, sizes and colors.

This Autumn, Sotheby’s will also present its first sneaker sale in Asia from 7 to 21 October. Titled Cult Canvas, the online sale series is curated by Ryan Chang, Founder and Chief Curator of Applied Arts [@applied.arts.nyc] – a media company that celebrates sneakers as fine art objects. The preview at K11 MUSEA provides a sneak peek into some of the highlights, including an unreleased sample of the Nike Dunk SB Low “Yellow Lobster” from the Boston- inspired series.

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