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The hub of Asian celebrations was the International Asian Art Fair, the Haughtons’ return to New York after having to cancel two fairs due to the uptown Armory being taken over for civic purposes. Held in a marquee at the Lincoln Center, the Asian fair enjoyed some stunning sales and pulled in as big a crowd as ever seen at the Armory, to which the Haughtons will return for their future New York fixtures.

The success of the fair was repeated at the Asian selling exhibitions held throughout Manhattan, many of them by London dealers. For example, within hours of the opening of Eskenazi’s exhibition of Chinese Buddhist sculpture at Pace Wildenstein on East 57th Street, nine of the 19 high-priced works had been sold and others reserved.