Sotheby’s has announced JAY CHOU x SOTHEBY’S , a groundbreaking collaboration between Sotheby’s and legendary music icon and avid art collector Jay Chou. The much-anticipated auction, a pioneering partnership between entertainment and fine arts, marks the grand inaugural edition of Sotheby’s celebrated CONTEMPORARY CURATED auction series in Asia.
Jean-Michel Basquiat, Untitled
1985, acrylic and oil on wood, in three parts 217.2 x 275.6 x 30.5 cm Est: HK $ 255,000,000 – 350,000,000 / US $ 32,850,000- 45,090,000
Captivating, monumental and tremendously iconic, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s “Untitled” (1985) is one of the artist’s best-known masterpieces, appearing in the iconic photograph of Basquiat featured on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in 1985. .
1985 represents the absolute pinnacle of Basquiat’s rise to international recognition, as evidenced by his cover in such a prominent publication as The New York Times Magazine. By choosing to position himself in front of the present work for that photograph, Basquiat consolidates this “Untitled” as the embodiment of that seminal moment in his career.
Pablo Picasso, Buste d’Homme
1969, oil on canvas, 116 x 89 cm. Est: HK $ 93,000,000 – 143,000,000 / US $ 11,990,000 – 18,430,000
Painted in 1969, “Buste d’homme” is a powerful portrait showing the key themes of Picasso’s late work. The portrait belongs to a small group of works in which Picasso explored one of Van Gogh’s most powerful portraits, “Self-Portrait with a Straw Hat,” from 1887. Picasso combines this homage to Van Gogh with the figure of his alter-ego , the musketeer, identifiable through the figure with a half mustache. In doing so, Picasso makes a powerful statement about his place in art history.
Richard Prince, Runaway Nurse
2005 – 2006, inkjet and acrylic on canvas, 280 x 168 cm. Est: HK $ 75,000,000 – 95,000,000 / US $ 9,670,000 – 12,240,000.
“Runaway Nurse”, from 2005-2006, by Richard Prince, is one of the most beautiful and unique works based on his famous nurse icon, and refers not to one but two period novels: the 1948 crime novel “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye” and the 1964 paperback novel “Runaway Nurse.”
Steeped in provocation and intellectual rigor, “Runaway Nurse” challenges traditional gender constructions, while encapsulating Prince’s complex conceptual project, which has long sought to subvert notions of authorship, authenticity, and identity.