Modern Asian Art sale topped by Sanyu painting

Sanyu's Nu was the star lot of a sale of Modern Asian Art at Sotheby's Hong Kong this morning.

The work made $675,760 against a valuation of $28,371.

Sanyu Nu Sothebys
Sanyu moved from China to Paris in 1921

It was one of a collection of 25 works by the artist to feature in the auction. Sanyu was a Chinese-born artist who moved to France in the early 1920s.

He focused mainly on painting nudes, a practice that was utterly forbidden in China at the time.

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