Today at Sotheby’s in London, prices soared for rare Chinese and Japanese works of art, with individual pieces selling for many multiples of their estimates, bringing the combined total to £18,279,875 (US$28,650,048 / HK$223,470,374), far exceeding the combined pre-sale low estimate of £5 million (US$7.9 million / HK$61.6 million). The morning began with the single owner sale The Soul of Japanese Aesthetics: The Tsuneichi Inoue Collection formed by the Tokyo collector Tsuneichi Inoue. Encapsulating the most refined of collecting taste in Japan in the early to mid-20th century, the auction, comprising 69 lots, brought a total £7,912,750 (US$12,401,653 / HK$96,732,893), well over its pre-sale high estimate of £1.6 million. An ancient painted earthenware female bust, Dogu, from Japan’s Neolithic era, was feverishly pursued, driving the final sale price to £1,013,000 (US$1,587,675

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