The London-based auction house Christie's has opened a sale of Asian art in Hong Kong, amid booming demand from both art lovers and investors in the region.
On Sunday, the focus was on contemporary art, like this painting by South Korean artist Hong Kyong-tack, entitled Pencil One.
Portrait of the Artist and His Friends by Chinese artist Yue Minjun, known for his paintings of grinning faces, was one of the day's top lots.
A painting by Zhao Wuji, intended to show what organisers called "vividness and harmonious energy" of Chinese culture, set a record for the artist when it sold for US$3.78m.
A pair of giant bronze figures by Chinese sculptor Ju Ming, who believes that only art derived from nature possesses true beauty, went for almost $2m.
One of the star lots was Portrait of a Lady, a work painted by Xu Beihong (1895-1953) when he visited Singapore in 1939.
The four-day sale also features classical paintings, ceramics and other art objects, like this gilt-incised lacquer throne dating from China's Kangxi period (1662-1772).
These Chinese peach bowls dating from the early part of the 18th Century are expected to fetch nearly $4m when they are auctioned off on Tuesday.
Works by Ming dynasty artist Zhu Yunming, a calligrapher who lived from 1450-1526 in Suzhou on China's east coast, are also up for sale. (Photos: Christie's unless otherwise stated)