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CHRISTIE’S SHANGHAI SALE ACHIEVED RMB148,304,400/USD 21,143,021 AND Voie Lactée – 09.11.1956 by Zao Wou-Ki Becomes the Most Expensive Work of Art Sold at Christie’s Shanghai Exceptional Combined Sell-Through Rate of 96% 

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CHRISTIE’S SHANGHAI SALE ACHIEVED RMB148,304,400/USD 21,143,021

Voie Lactée – 09.11.1956 by Zao Wou-Ki Becomes the Most Expensive Work of Art Sold at Christie’s Shanghai

Exceptional Combined Sell-Through Rate of 96% 

Shanghai, China Christie’s completed its seventh year of sales in Shanghai, achieving a combined total of RMB148,304,400/USD 21,143,021. The evening sale achieved a remarkable 97% sell-through rate, led by Voie Lactée – 09.11.1956 by Zao Wou-Ki, which became the most expensive work of art to be sold in Christie’s Shanghai when it achieved RMB 56,400,000

Francis Belin, President Christie’s Asia Pacific, commented: “The very strong results achieved in Shanghai in addition to those realized during New York Asian Art Week underscore the confidence we are seeing in the market. Our tightly curated sales featured a broad mix of Chinese and Western works which was met with great enthusiasm, achieving a remarkable 96% combined sell- through rate. We remain committed to contributing to the art market here in China and to meeting the demands of Chinese collectors and to continue enriching the way we engage.” 

Julia Hu, General Manager China, continued: “This season presented one of the most diverse offerings of works to date, made possible by the international collaboration of our specialists and art departments. In the evening sale alone, over 50% of the works were from the Western art category- the most comprehensive selection ever offered. Among this group, six artists were presented at auction in Shanghai for the first time and were 100% sold. The exceptional results achieved for all genres of Asian and Western works demonstrate that the Shanghai salesroom has further established itself as a truly international platform”. 

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