The Largest Ever Work By Zao Wou-Ki, Juin-Octobre 1985, leads Sotheby’s HK Autumn 2018 Sale Series
THE LARGEST EVER WORK BY ZAO WOU-KI Juin-Octobre 1985 Leads Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn 2018 Sale Series EXPECTED TO FETCH IN EXCESS OF HK$350 MILLION/US$45 MILLION* A WORLD AUCTION RECORD FOR THE ARTIST
The Most Expensive Artwork Ever Offered at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Hong Kong, 7 September 2018 Sotheby’s is honoured to present Juin-Octobre 1985, the largest-ever painting by Franco-Chinese artist Zao Wou-Ki, at its Modern Art Evening Sale on 30 September 2018 in Hong Kong. Measuring 10 metres long and 2.8 metres in height, this monumental and exceedingly rare triptych was commissioned personally by celebrated architect I. M. Pei for Raffles City in Singapore. Juin-Octobre 1985 is expected to fetch in excess of HK$350 million, a world auction record for the Zao Wou-Ki. This masterpiece will be available for public viewing during Sotheby’s Hong Kong Autumn Sales preview from 28 to 30 September.
Vinci Chang, Sotheby’s Head of Modern Asian Art, comments: “In the past few decades, works by Zao Wou-Ki have been widely collected by institutions in Europe, America and Asia, and have been exhibited in major retrospectives. As well as receiving critical acclaim at an institutional level, Zao’s works are held in the same regard in the auction market, as reflected by the annual sale total which is on par with that of Western masters. It is no exaggeration to say that Zao Wou-Ki is one of the very few Chinese Modern artists whose recognition has ascended to a global level. We are deeply honoured to be able to present Juin-Octobre 1985, the largest painting in the artist’s oeuvre and without a doubt, a singular masterpiece of unparalleled importance.”