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The auctions were once again characterised by private and trade buyers competing for the quality fresh-to-market entries. Christie’s triumphed over Sotheby’s with their small, selective offering of Chinese art and a single-owner snuff bottle collection sell-out sale.

However, it was Sotheby’s and not Christie’s who offered buyers the most sought-after Indian and South East Asian art with a large collection of Himalayan bronzes, a good
selection of Indian stone sculpture, and a quality single-owner sale of Indian miniature paintings.

Although there was no Japanese and Korean auction at Sotheby’s, take-up was steady in Christie’s sale with a contemporary Korean painting by Park Sookuen (1914-65) Asia week’s most expensive work selling at $520,000 (£376,810).