I guarantee your instant noodles will taste different and infinitely better from this RM 25 million bowl!
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Unveils
The Clark Ding Basin From The Collection of Sakamoto Gorō
A Magnificently Etched Dingyao Basin, Northern Song Dynasty
Unseen for over 40 Years
Expected to fetch in excess of RM 25 million
At Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sale 2014 on 8 April
Hong Kong Public Exhibition 3 – 7 April
Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Spring Sales 2014 will take place on 8 April at Hall 5, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The sales will offer an eclectic selection of important porcelains, gilt bronzes, scholarly objects and elegant furniture from celebrated private collections, led by The Clark Ding Basin, a Magnificently Etched Dingyao Basin, Northern Song dynasty, from the collection of legendary antique dealer Sakamoto Gorō, which has not been seen for over 40 years and is expected to fetch in excess of HK$60 million / US$7.7 million*. Other highlights include a small selection of exceptional gilt-bronze Buddhist figures and animals from the Song, Ming and Qing dynasties from the esteemed Speelman Collection, later bronzes from the illustrious Water, Pine and Stone Retreat Collection, rare Chinese furniture from the famous Hung Collection, Chinese lacquer from the Baoyizhai Collection as well as important ceramics from the Ming and Qing dynasties and works of art including gilt-bronze Buddhist sculptures and jades.
Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s Asia Deputy Chairman and International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, said, “The Clark dingyao basin undoubtedly ranks among the very finest Song wares ever to come to the market and is perhaps the finest piece extant from this celebrated kiln. Sakamoto Gorō, the legendary Japanese dealer, purchased it at Sotheby’s in London in 1971 and has cherished it for the last 40 some years. It is an extraordinary privilege for Sotheby's to handle again the sale of this Song dynasty masterpiece.”