From Paris To Hong Kong

From Paris To Hong Kong Oct 03 2016

Hong Kong - Leading French auction house, Artcurial, is proud to complete its second sale in association with Spink in Hong Kong on 3 October, 2016, at Liangyi Museum, under the hammer of Isabelle Bresset. The auction has realised 2,5M€/ 21,9 M  HKD, with 70 % of the lots sold, and 4 new world record at auction. With much help from Spink staff the auction was a flying success. The sale celebrates Artcurial's long-time dedication to the auction of comics strips, and its ten year in the category of street art. The sale also saw keen interest from bidders around Asia, confirming Artcurial's growing share in the market.

"For this second auction we chose to focus on Street art and Comics. A young crowd gathered in the room of Liang Yi Museum. The online bidders and the telephones were also very active.

The Comics did very well. The Ledroit chapter which was new to Hong Kong was 100% sold  and the total amount was 50% above the low estimate. The result of the fresco by Herge confirmed the popularity of Tintin in China.

We are now at the early stage of the Street art market in HK and the results were very encouraging and gives us some insight on what we shall bring next time such."

Isabelle Bresset,

Auctioneer, Associate Director, Artcurial

4 New World Records in Comics Strips

The sale of comics saw 4 new world records. All 16 lots from Olivier Ledroit were sold, withThe Marriage of Berath(Lot 1) breaking a new world record for the artist at 275 000 HKD / 31 573 €.The Night(Lot 76) from the classic science fictional comics series by Philippe Druillet also broke the world record, sold at 865 000 HKD / 99 311 €.

Meanwhile, the market for Herge stays strong, with a new world record for his work created after World War II.  Fresco for the Cultural Center of Wallonie-Bruxelles(Lot 57) was sold at 8,4M HKD / 967 279 €, along with all the 10 postcards from the artist.The Red Sharks(Lot 58), sold at 1 945 000 HKD / 223 307 € confirms that the interest for the artist's works. 

Moebius, who was well received in last year's first sale, continues to generate strong interest, setting a new world record with the workArzach(Lot 73) at 1 345 000 HKD / 154 420 €. 

Two of Enki Bilal's works were sold above 1M HKD. 

"We are very happy that the second sale in Hong Kong has fetched a new world record for Olivier Ledroit and Moebius. We also had a great result with Herge's. 80% of the lots sold will stay in Asia, which confirms the importance of the Asian market."

Eric Leroy, expert Comic Strip , Artcurial


Founded in 2002, multidisciplinary Paris based auction house, Artcurial confirmed its leading position in 2015 on the international art market scene. With three sale venues (Paris, Monte-Carlo and Hong Kong), Artcurial achieved an overall sales total of 191 M€ in 2015, doubling its turnover in 5 years. Artcurial covers all the major specialist fields: From Beaux-Arts to Decorative Arts, Collectors' Cars, jewellery and watches, Fine wine and spirits. With a strong international bias,Artcurial maintains its presence abroad with offices in Milan, Vienna and Brussels, Monte-Carlo and Munich and representatives in Beijing and Tel Aviv, as well as twice-yearly exhibitions in New York. In October 2015, Artcurial held its first sale in Hong Kong and Morocco.

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