Price Check! Here’s What Sold at Art Basel Hong Kong 2021—and for How Much

Here's what dealers say they sold.

Asia Art Center at Art Basel in Hong Kong. © Art Basel.
Asia Art Center at Art Basel in Hong Kong. © Art Basel.

Ghost booths, holograms, and, yes, even living, breathing people showed up to Art Basel Hong Kong’s 2021 edition, which moved along successfully despite the fact that fewer than half the typical number of exhibitors participated this year.

Lévy Gorvy made waves early by flipping a large Joan Mitchell canvas for $19.5 million. (It was last seen publicly at Christie’s in 2018, when it went for $14 million.) Other galleries did brisk business, too: David Kordansky sold out of its solo presentation of works by Huma Bhabha. Within the first day, sculptures priced from $150,000 to $200,000 all found homes, as did works on paper priced in the range of $20,000 to $40,000.

Stephen Friedman’s presentation of colorful, tongue-in-cheek works by David Shrigley were enthusiastically received, according to sales director Mira Dimitrova, who noted in a statement that the screenprints released at the fair, plus more than 25 works on paper and two paintings, had all sold.

As always, keep in mind that some dealers occasionally (and maybe even not so occasionally!) report inflated sales prices because it looks good for business, while other prefer to report price ranges on artworks, or even just asking prices. We did not list sales unaccompanied by figures in our list, so the galleries that tend to disclose figures are disproportionately represented here.

 

PAINTINGS

Joan Mitchell, 12 Hawks at 3 O'Clock (1960). © Estate of Joan Mitchell

Joan Mitchell, 12 Hawks at 3 O’Clock (1960). © Estate of Joan Mitchell.

$19.5 million: Joan Mitchell, 12 Hacks at 3 O’Clock (ca. 1962) at Lévy Gorvy

$1.75 million: George Condo, Blues in A flat (2021) at Hauser & Wirth

$1.5–$2 million: A work by Keith Haring at Gladstone Gallery

$650,000: A painting by Alex Katz at Gladstone Gallery

$500,000: Mamma Andersson, Only the Nights are New (2005) at David Zwirner

$400,000–$450,000: Lee Ufan, Dialogue (2020) at Kukje Gallery

$350,000: Jenny Holzer, TOP SECRET SLASH (2021) at Hauser & Wirth

$250,000–$280,000: Park Seo-Bo, Ecriture No. 970428 (1997) at Kukje Gallery

$200,000: Beatriz Milhazes, Little Tree (2014) at White Cube

$175,000: Gary Simmons, Hangfire (2019) at Hauser & Wirth

$115,000: Christine Ay Tjoe, Blue Bryptobiosis (2021) at White Cube

$100,000–$200,000: A painting by Kenny Scharf at Almine Rech

$100,000: Josh Smith, Devil (2019) at Massimo de Carlo Gallery

$100,000: Matthew Day Jackson, Vase With Flowers (2018) at Hauser & Wirth

$100,000: A painting by Michael Williams at Gladstone Gallery

$95,000: Rita Ackermann, Orange Clarity (2018) at Hauser & Wirth

$65,000: Keith Tyson, Bedside Flowers (2016) at Hauser & Wirth

$60,000–$70,000: Lam Tung Pang, Meaningless no.12 (2020) at Blindspot Gallery

$50,000–$200,000 each: Fong Chung-Ray’s 2020-12-10 (2020) and 2020-12-22 (2020) at Galerie du Monde

$45,000–$100,000: A painting by Li Qing at Almine Rech

$45,000–$55,000: Jiang Zhi, The world is yours, as well as ours No.B 2021-02 (2021) at Blindspot Gallery

$40,000–$60,000: Chris Huen Sin-Kan, Joel and Balltsz (2021) at Ota Fine Arts

$40,000: Juri Markkula, IKB Ground (2021) at Ora-Ora

$40,000: Juri Markkula, PG7/18 Ground 1 (2019) at Ora-Ora

$28,000: Stephen Wong Chun-Hei, Grand Tour in Google Earth: Machu Picchu (2021) at Gallery Exit

$25,000–$200,000 each: 10 paintings by Rirkrit Tiravanija at Gladstone Gallery

$20,000–$30,000: Sarah Lai, Camille (2018) at Blindspot Gallery

$20,000–$30,000: Un Cheng, Nice to have a night like this (2021) at Blindspot Gallery

$18,000: A work by Double Fly Art Center at de Sarthe Gallery

$16,000: A work by Andrew Luk from the “Deep Earth Event Horizon” series at de Sarthe Gallery

$15,000: A work by Mak Ying Tung 2 at de Sarthe Gallery

$10,000–$15,000: Ozer Toraman, BERLIN (2021) at Pi Artworks

$10,000–$12,000: Maria Farrar, Cause and Effect (2021) at Ota Fine Arts

$10,000–$12,000: Maria Farrar, Short-lived Romance (2021) at Ota Fine Arts

$8,000–$30,000 each: 11 paintings by Elizabeth Glaessner at P.P.O.W.

$6,000–$8,000 each: Seven paintings by Elizabeth Glaessner at P.P.O.W.

$5,000–$10,000 each: Sin Wai Kin (fka Victoria Sin)’s “If it were really the name of something it would be the name of everything” and Playing the fool (2021) at Blindspot Gallery

 

SCULPTURES & INSTALLATIONS

Hauser & Wirth’s booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong. © Art Basel.

$1.2 million: Maurizio Cattelan, Night (2021) at Massimo de Carlo Gallery

$595,000: Rashid Johnson, Untitled Broken Crowd (2021) at Hauser & Wirth sold to the Long Museum in Shanghai

$575,000: Paul McCarthy, WS, White Snow Flower Girl #2 (2016) at Hauser & Wirth

$566,000: Antony Gormley, PROP II (2018) at White Cube

$300,000 each: Three oil-and-graphite works by Harold Ancart, all untitled and from 2020 at David Zwirner

$300,000: Lari Pittman, Found Buried #4 (2020) at Lehmann Maupin

$225,000: Lari Pittman, Vanitas #2 (Aeternum) (2021) at Lehmann Maupin

$212,000: Shirazeh Houshiary, Fission (2019) at Lehmann Maupin

$160,000: Pipilotti Rist, Wasserchatz (Schwarzlicht) <Water Treasure (Black Light)> (2019) at Hauser & Wirth

$143,000–$155,000 each: Four works from Ha Chong-Hyun’s “Conjunction” series (2020) at Kukje Gallery

$125,000 each: Jaume Plensa’s Study for Maria and Study for Minna (2020) at Gray Gallery

$115,000: Lee Bul, Study for Light Tower (2019) at Lehmann Maupin

$85,000: A work by Kerstin Brätsch at Gladstone Gallery

$75,000: Zhang Yanzi, Mask Series (2020) at Ora-Ora

$65,000: Helen Pashgian, Untitled (2019) at Lehmann Maupin

$60,000–$80,000: Gulay Semercioglu, Mediterranean (2019) at Pi Artworks

$50,000: Isamu Noguchi, Squirrel, 1984 (1987) at White Cube

$15,000–$50,000 each: Several paintings by Greg Ito at Anat Ebgi

$8,000–$15,000: Trevor Yeung, Night Mushroom Colon (Five) (2021) at Blindspot Gallery

$8,000–$15,000: Trevor Yeung, Night Mushroom Colon (Eight) (2021) at Blindspot Gallery

 

PRINTS, PHOTOGRAPHS, & WORKS ON PAPER

Installation view of Stephen Friedman's booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong. © Art Basel.

Installation view of Stephen Friedman’s booth at Art Basel in Hong Kong. © Art Basel.

$800,000: George Condo, Haunted By Demons (2020) at Hauser & Wirth

$500,000: Liu Ye, Study for Bamboo Bamboo Broadway (2011) at David Zwirner

$300,000: Park Seo-Bo, Ecriture No.070607 (2007) at White Cube sold to an Asian museum

$50,000–$110,000 Wang Gongyi, Blueprint of Eternity (2019) at Galerie du Monde

$25,000–$35,000: Jiang Pengyi, Foresight No.16, (2017–2018) at Blindspot Gallery

$25,000: Lee CHung-Chung, Misty Clouds Above the Water (2017) at Taipei-based Liang Gallery

$8,000–$40,000 each: Wu Chi-Tsung, Cyano-Collage 105 and Cyano-Collage 106 (2021) at Galerie du Monde


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