A spectacular week of Asian art sales at Christie's in New York, which tallied $60 million, with 1,000 lots offered from March 23 to 26, ended last Friday with the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale.
The top lot was a rare large white Jade figure of Buddha, dating from the 18th-19th centuries. Above a presale estimate of $150,000-200,000, it eventually sold for $2,322,500.
Another stand-out earlier in the week at Christie's was Yu Zhiding's Happiness through Chan Practice: Portrait of Wang Shizhen, a handscroll in ink and color on silk, which sold for $3,442,500, a US auction record price for a Chinese classical painting. The estimate was $120,000-150,000.