Journal article

Genesis of an Auction Sale Category: Sotheby’s Inaugural Auction of “Contemporary Chinese Art”

Anita Archer

Journal for Art Market Studies | Forum Kunst & Markt / Centre for Art Market Studies | Published : 2018


On 31 October 2004, Sotheby’s conducted an auction in Hong Kong under a new category entitled ‘Contemporary Chinese Art’. This was not the first time that either of the multinational auction houses had included contemporary Chinese art in their auction offerings; however, in the decade leading up to this auction, contemporary Chinese art was primarily included in the broader sale category titled Modern and Contemporary Chinese Paintings. By late 2004, Henry Howard-Sneyd, Sotheby’s Managing Director, China, Southeast Asia and Australasia, was cognisant of a significant shift in international market interest in Chinese art of a style comparable to contemporary international art. In fact, Chris..

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