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Smooth Sailing in Familiar Waters

ZAO WOU-KI, 2.11.59, 1959, oil on canvas, 130 x 95 cm. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

With Hong Kong vying to become the global auction capital, Christie’s owner Francois Pinault flew in to attend his auction house’s dizzying rounds of previews, dinners and other events leading up to auctions that invited bids on wines, watches, antiques and modern paintings (May 27–June 1).

SANYU (CHANG YU), Pink Plum Blossoms & Green Branches, 1963, three-folded screen of oil and mixed media on panels, 119.6 x
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