Opus Auction Officially Launches with Sale of Chinese Contemporary Limited Edition Prints
HONG KONG, February 19th 2014 – OPUS AUCTION (www.opusauction.com)
According to expert forecasts, Contemporary Chinese art will prove to be the top market for 2014’s contemporary art sales, with new and old collectors all around the world competing to purchase these works at astronomical prices; and museums such as Gagosian and Pace Gallery vying to exhibit the latest works by Contemporary Chinese masters. (is this from your research? Or maybe it doesn’t matter?)
Based on the philosophy of affordable luxury, Opus Auction will offer print editions of exclusive and sought-after contemporary works for some of the best value in the world. “Art prices have escalated so high over the past five years,” says Bong Lee, Opus Auction’s Director of Art. “But the general public is still interested in purchasing works of art because they are still good investments. Within a certain budget, you can always purchase limited edition prints which are tradable and worthy of building a collection.”
Available online only, Opus Auction’s Chinese Contemporary sale will feature limited collection works by Zhang Xiaogang from his famed “Bloodline:
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Opus Auction also offers one-of-a-kind GIA-certified loose diamonds and gemstones, as well as setting custom design and setting services. “Loose diamond prices have been rising steadily through the years, making it an ideal investment alternatives.”
An innovative new concept in Asia, Opus Auction soft-launched in November 2013, Opus was founded by an experienced team of experts: BONG LEE, Director of Art, is an art expert and former head of Gana Gallery New York; and SANDY IP, Managing Director, is a serial entrepreneur and a jewelry designer.
A first of its kind, Opus Auction is the only auction house to offer one-stop online bidding solution, self-curated auctions, and online auctions of third party auction houses, charities, vendors, artists, and private collectors. The Hong Kong-based auction house focuses on offering the best in contemporary fine arts, GIA certified diamonds, unique design furniture, vintage wines, and other collectibles such as Hermes Birkin bags.
The firm’s first set of contemporary art auctions last year featured works by artists such as Andy Warhol, Zeng FanZhi, Yayaoi Kusuma and Takashi Murakami. The auctionhouse achieved gross sales of 17.5 million HKD. “Comprised of four auctions in our inaugural sales, our highlight sold lots were a painting by Roy Lichtenstein, George Condo, and Park Seo Bo, which boosted our sales tremendously,”
Sandy Ip, Managing Director
Sandy Ip worked on Wall Street before giving up a career in Finance and Accounting to start her own jewelry design company. Her jewelry line was carried by boutiques and large department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Bloomingdales.com. In 2010, Sandy returned to China to lead a team of 300 and restructured the entire operation. From this experience Sandy learned valuable management skill in business and human resources. Sandy holds a MBA from Pace University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College. Sandy loves spending time outdoors and trekking mountains in the Himalayas, Africa and South America.
Bong Lee, Director of Sales
As an expert in the Art industry, Bong brings to Opus his wealth of knowledge and passion in Art. At the tender age of 13, Bong had his first real encounter with fine art when he damaged a Picasso ceramic at home, accidentally. Little did he know, this was just the beginning of his lifelong affiliation with Fine Art. Bong has worked as an Art Consultant in Korea and launched Gana Art Gallery in New York City. Bong holds a Master of Art Administration from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Babson College. Bong lives and breathes art; he is an avid art collector.
Read Bong’s interview with the South China Morning Post:
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