888 Auctions Featuring Chinese Numismatic Coins, Modern Paintings & Asian Antiques in April 26 Auction

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  • April 18, 2018

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Richmond Hill, ON – Prices continue to soar at 888 Auctions with sell-through rates of 99% being achieved in its numismatics categories. Leading the way are Chinese numismatic coins and 888 Auctions will be featuring over 200 lots of rare and intriguing coins from Chinese antiquity dating as far back as the 1st Century. Featuring 418 fresh-to-market items, collectors will be delighted to find the inclusion of coins from all eras, modern paintings from estates and private collections, as well as quality Asian antiques.


Four coins highlight this week’s sale and they are remarkable in both their pristine condition as well as their diverse rarity. The four coins can be found at the following lots below:


Lot 193:  1310-1311 Yuan Dynasty Dayuan Tongbao H 17.46 (High Estimate: $500)

Lot 210: 221-265 Kingdom of Shu Taiping Baiqian 100 Cash (High Estimate: $600)

Lot 217: 386-534 Northern Wei Yongan Wuzhu Bronze Coin (High Estimate: $250)

Lot 262: 983 Liao Dynasty Tonghe Yuannian Bronze Charm Coin (High Estimate: $900)


From the modern paintings category, several outstanding pieces from private collections around the world abound at 888 Auctions April 26 sale. Most notably, a Keith Haring with provenance, can be found at Lot 28. With a gallery label on verso, it carries a high estimate of $15,000.


Lot 52, featuring a gouache on paper painting, is a fine piece attributed to Alexandra Exter, the avant-garde Russian painter who became famous for her advocacy of European modernist movements in Russia, such as Cubism and Futurism. This finely framed work carries a high estimate of $6,500.



Lot 65, an acrylic on board and a painting attributed to Tom Wesselmann with a gallery label on verso, is an exceptional piece acquired by a private collector from the estate of Tom Wesselmann. Wesselmann was considered one of the major artists of New York Pop Art, along with Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. He is best known for his 1960s series “Great American Nude,” which featured flat figures in an intense palette of red, white, blue, and other patriotic colors; Wesselmann, in an effort to reject Abstract Expressionism, made collages and assemblages that incorporated everyday objects and advertising ephemera. This lot is one such example and commands a high estimate of $15,000.


Three European modern paintings also feature heavily in the auction and can be found at the following lots:


Lot 68: Gustav Klimt Austrian 1862-1918 Oil on Paper Lady (High Estimate: $9,000)

Lot 72: Chaim Soutine Russian 1893-1943 Oil on Canvas (High Estimate: $7,500)

Lot 76: Georges Rouault French 1871-1958 Oil on Canvas (High Estimate: $15,000)

Lot 86: Sonia Delaunay Ukrainian-French 1885-1979 Oil on Canvas (High Estimate: $2,400)


Diamonds and jadeite continue to be in hot demand among clients at 888 Auctions. Two quality jewelry pieces can be found at the following lots below:


Lot 351: 0.52ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond & Gold Ring (High Estimate: $1,600)

Lot 369: MOVADO Swiss Made Stainless Steel Watch RV $850 (High Estimate: $800)


For auction previews, visit the gallery floor at 888 Auctions. The public viewing period is as follows: Monday, April 23 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 24 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and just before the auction on Thursday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.  


888 Auctions continues to accept consignments on a rolling basis. With auctions taking place every other Thursday at the auction house, there are plenty of opportunities to sell rare and fresh-to-market items at 888 Auctions. Valuations and authentications of priceless items are complimentary with no obligation to consign. The next scheduled auction takes place Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT).



888 Auctions
15-280 West Beaver Creek Road
Richmond Hill, Canada
About 888 Auctions

888 Auctions provide consignors a friendly and professional venue to sell their Asian fine art and antique. 888 Auctions is located within the Greater Toronto Area at the heart of the largest Chinese communities of Richmond Hill, Markham and Scarborough. Connected to over five million buyers through Artfact, Live Auctioneers, and iCollector, 888 Auctions achieve the best prices possible. 888 Auctions consign over 1000 pieces of fine Asian art and antique monthly and provide live and online bidding, absentee bidding, as well as telephone bidding. Offering valuations based upon 50 years of experience in the Asian fine art world, our knowledgeable and multilingual staff can guide buyers and sellers through the simple steps to ensure ownership of a desired object or a successful sale of a prized possession.

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