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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Shintoism are among the highlights of Asian art sales in New York next week.
The Asia Week auctions at Christie’s and Sotheby’s will feature thousands of items in a series of sales that could top $100 million. Last spring’s auctions totaled more than $130 million in sales.
“We’ve got collectors coming from China, Hong Kong and India and Europe, of course,” said Hugo Weihe, Christie’s International director for Asian art.
Asia has become a dominant player in the global art market, particularly in post-war and contemporary art sales.