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Christie's Hong Kong to auction rare 1871 Raden Saleh painting

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Tue, October 23, 2018 | 03:49 pm
Christie's Hong Kong to auction rare 1871 Raden Saleh painting

Christie’s Jakarta preview includes a reproduction of Raden Saleh's 'Mail Station at the Bottom of Mount Megamendung', with the original painting to feature at the Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2018 in November. (Shutterstock/Supavadee Butradee)

Christie’s auction house is set to hold a Jakarta preview of its Hong Kong Autumn Auctions 2018, which is scheduled for Nov. 23-28 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The preview program is to be held Oct. 25 to 26 in the Grand Ballroom of the  Grand Hyatt Jakarta, and is to include discussions and a fashion show.

A highlight of the coming auction in Hong Kong is a rare work by Raden Saleh, dubbed the "epitome of the Indonesian Modern Art movement". The painting, Mail Station at the Bottom of Mount Megamendung, is said to be one of the most important pieces left in private hands.

Part of a Singapore National Gallery exhibition on Nov. 16, 2017-Mar. 11, 2018, the Raden Saleh painting is to be excluded from the Jakarta preview. Guests can instead view a reproduction of the work and meet Dr. Werner Kraus, author of Raden Saleh: The Beginning of Modern Indonesian Painting.

Aside from the Raden Saleh reproduction, the Jakarta preview is to showcase Asian 20th century and contemporary art, Chinese paintings, jewelry and jadeite, handbags and timepieces, including 80 watches from the vintage Rolex Asylum collection.

Christie’s Jakarta is also hosting renowned watch expert Eric Tortella to present his "Private Blue Book Talk" to provide valuable insight on luxury watches.

“Having witnessed strong buying demand in the first half of the year, we are encouraged to see this continued enthusiasm extend into the second half of the year, as we offer exceptionally rare and culturally significant masterpieces in once-in-a-lifetime sales," said Christie’s Asia president Rebecca Wei in a press release. "By offering the very best works from artists around the world, the status of Hong Kong as a global art epicenter becomes ever more demonstrable,” she said.

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Raden Saleh’s Mail Station is expected to generate a bid of US$1.8 million to $2.6 million at the autumn auction.

Other items Christie’s plans to auction in November include Vincent Van Gogh’s Coin de Jardin avec Papillons (Nov. 11 in New York) and the largest and finest vivid pink diamond, "The Pink Legacy" (Nov. 13 in Geneva). (mut)

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