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Christie’s holds high expectations for series of Asian art sales to be held in New York

NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Precious jade, modern masterpieces, museum-quality furniture and rare ceramics and porcelain are among thousands of art objects on offer during Christie’s Asia week sales in September. The four days of auctions, which are estimated to take in in excess of $50 million, begin September 13 with the South Asian modern and contemporary art and the Indian and Southeast Asian art sales. The Indian sale is led by a Maqbool Fida Husain’s “Sprinkling Horses,” a large oil-on-canvas painting estimated to sell for about $1 million. The auctions conclude with a $19 million sale of rare Chinese ceramics and works of art. In between, there will be sales of Japanese and Korean art, jade carvings, and property from the collection of Xu Hanqing, a prominent Chinese banker and government official who became known as an accomplished calligrapher.