Nine auctions will mark the beginning of June, with many lots that will be interesting for Urban art and Chinese contemporary art admirers. There will be four auctions that we will focus on June 1: Chinese Contemporary Ink at Christie's Hong Kong, a rather rare Urban Contemporary Art auction at Digard Paris, Art Contemporain at Aguttes Paris, and Post War and Contemporary Art at Artcurial. Then, two more auctions will follow on June 2, Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art at Sotheby's Beijing and Art Contemporain at Sotheby's Paris (this auction will last two days, June 2-3). Finally, three more auctions will happen on June 3: Prints and Illustrated Books at Artcurial Paris, Prints and Multiples at Bonhams London, and Art Contemporain Vente du Soir (Jour) at Christie's Paris - again, this latest auction will be split in two days, June 3-4.
Chinese Contemporary Ink at Christie's Hong Kong
On Monday, June 1, at 10:30 AM, at Christie's Hong Kong (Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong), Chinese Contemporary Ink auction will take place, that will feature leading Chinese artists from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and overseas - artists that have brought new interpretations of calligraphy, mixing fresh breath with the tradition of Chinese paintings. There will be 50 lots on sale, with estimated average lot value of $50,315, and Li Huayi's Snow-covered Mountains will be the priciest lot as it is estimated at $285,171 - $414,795.
Post War and Contemporary Art at Artcurial Paris
Second auction that will happen on Monday, June 1, will take place at Artcurial auction house in Paris (7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris). Total of 114 lots will be auctioned at Post War and Contemporary Art auction, that will start at 7 PM. Average lot value is estimated at $47,821, and the highest valued lots will be works by Jean Fautrier, Chu Teh-Chun and Miquel Barcelo.
Urban Contemporary Art at Digard Auction
One of the probably most important urban art auctions in years called Urban Contemporary Art (Art Contemporain Urbain), will take place at Digard Auction in Paris at Hotel Drouot on Monday, June 1 at 4 PM. Digard Auction is the leading auction house for Banksy's works, and besides Banksy, this auction will be marked by many famous urban and contemporary artists, such as Jeff Koons, Conor Harrington, Jef Aerosol, Nick Walker, Shepard Fairey, Keith Haring, JonOne, and others. Total of 166 lots will be auctioned, with average lot value estimated at $9,777 and undisputed star of this auction will be work by Banksy and Inkie, Silent Majority from 1998 that is estimated at $439,688 - $659,533.
Art Contemporain at Aguttes Paris
The last auction that we will focus on June 1 will take place at Aguttes auction house in Paris at 2:30 PM. This auction of Contemporary art (Art Contemporain) will be a great opportunity to buy a contemporary artwork for a reasonable price, as price range of 107 lots that will be auctioned is from $200 to $380,000: the highest valued lot will be Zao Wou-Ki's 27.4.69, as it is estimated at $384,727 - $494,650, and average lot value is estimated at $17,669.
Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art at Sotheby's Beijing
On Tuesday, June 2, collectors of Chinese Art will have a feast, as Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art auction will take place at Sotheby's Beijing at 2 PM (local time). This auction will be the mix of new contemporary Chinese authors and their paintings and renowned artworks from 20th Century, featuring artists as Liu Xiaodong, Ye Yongqing, Xu Lei, among others. Total of 85 lots will be auctioned, with average lot value estimated at $91,050.
Art Contemporain at Sotheby's Paris
Art Contemporain auction at Sotheby's Paris will be organized in two days: Session 1 on June 2 at 7 PM (Lots 1-33) and Session 2 on June 3 at 2:30 PM (Lots 101-197). This auction will be marked by two, until now, unknown paintings by Zao Wou-Ki, that are reunited for the first time since 1960. These 130 lots are estimated at $19,110,696 - $26,607,043, with the average lot value estimated at $175,837, and the highest priced lots will be artworks by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Simon Hantaï and Alexander Calder.
Prints and Illustrated Books at Artcurial Paris
On Wednesday, June 3, at 2:30 PM, Artcurial Paris (7 rond-point des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris) will host Prints and Illustrated Books auction. This sale will offer many prints from various periods and artists: from Cezanne, Renoir, Braque and Chagall, to Matisse, Picasso, Zao Wou-Ki and Francis Bacon. This auction will also be an opportunity to get some prints for a reasonable price, as average lot value is estimated at $3,054.
Prints and Multiples at Bonhams London
A true auction mash-up will take place at Bonhams London: Prints and Multiples auction will feature artworks in span of almost 500 years - from Old Masters of 16th and 17th Century (Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt Van Rijn), to Contemporary artists from the 21st Century, such as Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Jonathan Yeo. Total of 252 lots will be auctioned on Wednesday, June 3, at 1 PM, and the average lot value is estimated at $1,506 - nice chance to acquire an artwork by some famous artist.
Art Contemporain Vente du Soir (Jour) at Christie's Paris
Finally, on Wednesday and Thursday, June 3-4, at Christie's Paris (Christie's Saleroom, 9 Avenue Matignon, Paris), Evening and Day Sale of Contemporary art (Art Contemporain Vente du Soir/Jour) will be held. Evening Sale is set at 7 PM on June 3, and lots 1-40 are going to be on auction. On next day, on June 4 at 2:30 PM, lots 100 through 248 will be auctioned. The star of Evening Sale will be a work Sans Titre from 1976 by Joan Mitchell, while at Day Sale it can be found more than 150 lots estimated from $2,200 to $220,000. The average lot value in these sales is estimated at $118,881.