Adding to the news of inventive creation by Chinese artists set for Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction expecting to generate $129 million, Cai Guo-qiang’s “Project for Extraterrestrials No 10: Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Metres” is another creation that we can’t afford to miss. Enriching possessions tracking back from the Qing dynasty are expected to return to their hometown via Hong Kong’s largest auctions. Cai’s printing is expected to fetch $ 1.53-2.3 million on 7 October in Hong Kong.
The counted 1,100 treasures at Sotheby’s autumn sale are expected to fetch HK$2.1 billion. This biggest auction at Sotheby’s includes past relics, modern Chinese art, ceramic objects, gems, watches and other magnum opus. The highlight of the auction would be 20 canvases by Qi Baishi, a well-known Chinese painter and 40 masterpieces by artists such as Claude Monet and Henri Matisse.
Others creation expected to present at the auction are Yue Minjun’s The Massacre at Chios, “Treasure of the Emperor Emeritus,” the white Jade Seal and Cai’s gunpowder opus. In order to portray the pyrotechnic event that held in 1993 at Jiayuguan that clearly reflected the end of the Great Wall, Cai very artistically made use of his signature style of gunpowder on paper while Yue’s arty illustrates Greeks annihilation by the Turks on Chios in 1821. The auction that started today will continue till Tuesday at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, Hong Kong.