Phillips’ recent two-day 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Auction event in Hong Kong, with an Evening Sale November 25th, and an inaugural Day Sale the 26th, reached combined sales of $19.7 million. The Evening Sale realized $13,130,939 and the Day Sale realized $6,570,358. Both auctions offered stellar examples of both Western and Asian art.
The magnificence of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one of the great repositories of the world’s cultures as expressed in its art and material objects, defies the limits of categorization. Its treasures reach across the millennia and around the globe in its effort to capture every type of art, in every medium, made by humans since before recorded history. Now, in one exhibition, Jewelry, the Body Transformed, it has attempted to bring all of those disparate cultures together in one overarching exhibition.
Born into considerable wealth in Milwaukee, but resident in England for the last three decades of his life, Stanley J. Seeger (1930-2011) was a quite remarkable collector, who, together with his partner of 32 years, Christopher Cone, filled homes in England and around the world with extraordinarily varied collections of art, antiques and the arcane.