Innovations in Art at SOTHEBY’S Autumn Auctions

Innovations in Art at SOTHEBY’S Autumn Auctions

Exploring the interconnections of art and innovation in Sotheby’s upcoming exhibits

This autumn Sotheby’s is collaborating with the K11 group on Sotheby’s highly anticipated Autumn Auctions Preview at K11 Musea between September 18-21. This exhibit will be the grand reveal of over 40 art pieces that the auction house will have for sale between September and October. 

Let’s look at what Sotheby’s autumn auction will look like and how they are putting in motion the gears of what modern art will look like in the future.

A peek at what Sotheby’s has in store

The collection has pieces from the finest names in the art field from both Asia and the West, such as Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Lin Fengmian, Zao Wou-Ki, Avery Singer and Chu Teh-Chun. But, uniquely, Sotheby’s is making their traditional auction house innovative. How? Through adopting crypto and blockchain with their functions. The collection also includes “Diamonds: The Dazzling ∞”, a magnificent Harry Winston diamond necklace. The necklace, which weighs a total of 177.51 carats will be auctioned on September 24, with cryptocurrency as an accepted form of payment. 

Their October collection is a cinephile’s dream, the “WONG KAR WAI X SOTHEBY’S” project is something any film buff should keep their eyes peeled for. The project features prized possessions from the archives of Wong Kar Wai’s production house Jet Tone Films, celebrating the production house’s 30th anniversary. One of the most exciting parts of this project is the “In the Mood for Love – Day One”.

The “In the Mood for Love – Day One”NFT is Asia’s first film NFT, making Sotheby’s HK a pioneer in the film NFT space. Our editor Sharon Yuen attended the SOTHEBY’S HONG KONG 2021 Autumn Auction Preview and spoke with exhibit manager Felix Kwok and Cataloguer Gabe Chan to find out more about how Sotheby’s HK keeps up with new happenings in the global tech and arts scene. They shared that, to do so, the auction house has been accepting bids in cryptocurrency since last year. 

Redefining “art”

What makes the “WONG KAR WAI X SOTHEBY’S”  project particularly exciting is that it is Sotheby’s first attempt to reimagine the definition of “art”. Their first experiment with the world of digital art is an NFT featuring never-seen-before a footage from day one of Wong Kar Wai’s cinematic masterpiece In The Mood For Love (2000). The footage features Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung looking and behaving vastly different from how their characters are in the original film. 

Wanna know more? Go take a look at everything the auction has to offer at 605, 6F, K11 Art & Cultural Centre, K11 Musea or take a virtual tour on Sotheby’s website.

All images courtesy of Sotheby’s website


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