Autumn art fairs and auctions


You’ve got that pretty blank wall at home waiting to be filled with artwork. But what to buy and where? Whether you’re a novice buyer or a serious collector, Ysabelle Cheung’s got the roundup on what you can expect from the numerous fairs and auctions vying for your eye (and wallet) this autumn…

Asia Contemporary Art Show

What is it? Get under the sheets with art at this biannual show. Unlike others, the show’s unique selling point lies in presenting artworks (over 2,000 in this autumn edition) in hotel rooms and corridors, and teams from international galleries who have flown in for the show usually tuck themselves into the same rooms at night.

When Oct 3-6; Fri 1pm-5pm & 5pm-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 1pm-8.30pm.

Where 27/F-30/F, JW Marriott Hotel Hong Kong, 88 Queensway, Admiralty.

The goods 100% new original contemporary works (including paintings, 2D works and sculptures) by home-grown and regional up-and-coming artists.

Price range $30,000-$150,000.

The crowd Bright-eyed first buyers and well-heeled established art aficionados.

Tickets $150, $240;



Chinese Contemporary Ink Paintings

What is it? The autumn auction series from Poly Auction Hong Kong, which entered the city last year. Six categories will be presented this October, including a new category titled Chinese Contemporary Ink Paintings, which comprises ink works ranging from the ancient gongbi genre to the experimental genre.

When Exhibition: Oct 2-7, 10am-6pm; auctions: Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm, Mon 10.30am-4.30pm.

Where Grand Hyatt Hong Kong, Mezzanine and Grand Ballroom, 1 Harbour Rd, Wan Chai.

The goods Pieces from Mainland China – ceramics, modern and contemporary art, jewels and watches, classical calligraphy and ink works will go under the hammer.

Price range Ballpark starting price of $20,000.

The crowd Local and international buyers with a specific interest in Chinese art.

Tickets: N/A buyers need to register before bidding at



Fine Art Asia

What is it? The most prominent international fine art fair listed on Hong Kong’s annual calendar. Founded by local art lover Andy Hei, the fair launched a Hong Kong Pavilion at Masterpiece London in the summer. A series of academic lectures and seminars also runs throughout the fair.

When Oct 3-7; Thu 12pm-9pm (invite-only), Fri-Sun 11am-7pm, Mon 11am-6pm.

Where HKCEC, Hall 5BC, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai.

The goods Museum-quality pieces that span all genres, from Chinese bronzes, Islamic art and polished silverware to a Van Cleef & Arpels brooch featuring a massive emerald that Emperor Napoleon once gifted his wife. Highlights from the paintings include a Picasso piece that blends the aesthetics of Cubism and Surrealism, and a winter landscape oil by Monet.

Price range $100,000-$200 million.

The crowd Serious collectors, curators and the top dogs of the art world; an approximate 25,000 visitors from around the world are expected to attend.

Tickets: $200 (admits two) at the door;



Sotheby’s 40th Anniversary Evening Sale

What is it? The renowned auction house celebrates its 40th anniversary in Asia with an autumn auction series featuring three art sections: modern and contemporary Southeast Asian paintings, contemporary Asian art and 20th-century Chinese art. Sotheby’s is the world’s fourth-oldest auction house – the original London branch was founded in 1744. The Hong Kong arm opened in 1973, becoming the first international auction house in Asia.

When Exhibition: Oct 3-5, Thu 10am-5.30pm, Fri 10am-6.30pm, Sat 10am-4pm; auction: Oct 5, 7pm.

Where HKCEC, Hall 3, 1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai.

The goods Renowned collectors Baron and Baroness Ullens de Schooten are presenting two important pieces from their archive: Chen Yifei’s Red Flag and Zeng Fanzhi’s The Last Supper. Also in the mix are rare pieces by Takashi Murakami, Liu Ye (one of his pieces was inspired by Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Zao Wou-ki.

Price range Highest fetched price expected to be more than $80 million.

The crowd Paddle-aggressive and serious buyers.

Tickets: Register online at for entry to bid.


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