Sotheby’s auction sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art brings £12.9 million

Sotheby’s London sale of Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art brought a total of £12.9 million / $20.5 million / €16.1 million, more than doubling the pre-sale low estimate for the entire auction (est. £6,405,000-9,289,000).

White and Russett Jade ‘Immortal’ Brushpot. Estimate: £250,000 – 350,000. Sold for: £1,553,250 ($2,479,453). Photo: Sotheby’s

Leading the sale was a white and russet jade Qing Dynasty Imperial “Immortal” Brushpot. The newly discovered work, notable for its large size, and exquisitely carved with scenes from the “Land of Immortals”, sold for £1,553,250 / $2,479,453 / €1,941,258, far surpassing its pre-sale estimate of £250,000-350,000.

Robert Bradlow, Sotheby’s London’s Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art said: “We are thrilled with the results of today’s sale, which follow on from the success of the sales staged by Sotheby’s in Hong Kong last month. We saw activity from across Asia, and the results demonstrate the continued demand for well-priced superior-quality works of art in this collecting category.”