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Auction Report

Southeast Asian Art in Singapore

Lee Weng Choy and Ray Langenbach

 RADEN SALEH, Lions and a Snake Fighting Outside a Grotto in a Tropical Landscape, 1839, oil on canvas, 121 x 175 cm, Christie's;

Because we were both auction virgins prior to covering Christie's and Sotheby's March 1997 events, we couldn't help but fixate on the sexual currents underlying the whole spectacle. A group of wealthy people sit in a room, while the auctioneer works them into a state of passionate detachment, inciting the daring few to risk their assets on a

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