Chinese Emperor’s Seal Leads $281 Million Sotheby’s Asia Auction

  • Results are below $348 million sale last year in Hong Kong
  • Auction included wine, watches, Asian art, jewelry, jade

Khotan-Green Jade Seal.

Source. Sotheby's

Sotheby’s sold HK$2.18 billion ($281 million) worth of Asian Art, watches, jewelry and wine at a five-day sale that ended in Hong Kong on Wednesday evening.

The results were below the HK$2.7 billion the New York-based auction house sold a year ago at its Hong Kong autumn sales, and the HK$3.1 billion spent at Hong Kong’s other twice-yearly sale in April.

“Sotheby’s Hong Kong sales demonstrated East Asia’s resistance to uncertainty and softness in some Western markets,” Sotheby’s Chief Executive Officer Tad Smith said in a statement.

The top lot was an 18th century jade seal belonging to Chinese emperor Qianlong that sold to an anonymous Asian buyer for HK$91.5 million, exceeding its low estimate of HK$80 million.

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