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An important buff sandstone figure of Sachika, India, Rajasthan, dated to 1179. Estimate: $200,000-300,000. Sold for $242,500. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2009

NEW YORK.- Christie's led the global market in Asian Art with $36 million achieved over four days of sales, March 17 through 20. Theow H. Tow, Deputy Chairman, Christie’s Americas and Asia, said: “We are pleased with the continued strength of Christie’s Asian Art Week which presented exceptional works of art to an international audience. The market for Asian Art has been deepening and expanding over the past several years and Christie’s is thrilled to be leading the way. Our dedicated and talented specialists put together well-edited sales with important works that achieved strong results. In particular, the sale of Fine Chinese Art from the Arthur M. Sackler Collections was a triumphant success. The results achieved honor Dr. Arthur M. Sackler’s connoisseurship and his visionary aesthetic. Spirited bidders in the room competed against determined buyers on the telephone, and on Christie’s LIVE™. We were also pleased to see numerous works of art at the mid-level range performed within or exceeded their estimates across the board. Our spring Asian Art Week achieved nearly $36.4 million, solidifying Christie's position as the world’s market leader in Asian Art sales.”

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A large and important bronze group of Shiva and Uma as Somaskanda, South India, Tamilnadu, Chola Period, 13th century. Estimate: $600,000-800,000. Photo: Christie's Images Ltd. 2009.