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I need to win the lottery – fast

Coming up this month is a big sale of Korean work at Christie’s sale rooms in New York. The flagship piece is a mature work by Kim Whanki (1913-1974) with the rather dull title of 2-V-73 #313.

Kim Whanki: 2-V-73 #313
Kim Whanki: 2-V-73 #313, 1973. Oil on canvas 59 x 40in

If the estimated $1 million price tag is beyond all but the uber-rich and lottery winners, there are two more humble early works that are also available. But I’d need to win the lottery to justify even the cheaper of those too.

Other works are by Cho Taikho, Kim Tschangyeul and Kang Ik-joong, whose work decorated the Gwanghwamun site while the great gate was being restored:

Kang Ik-Joong H10D--2006
Kang Ik-Joong H10D--2006. Crayon and acrylic with Envirotex Lite polymer coating on curved wood. 30 5/16 x 30in. (77 x 76.2cm.)

If pottery is your thing, there’s plenty to choose from, including a 15th century mini moon vase with a well-pronounced foot:

Moon jar
White porcelain jar, Joseon dynasty (15th century). 6¾in x 7¼in

The lots are included in a sale of Japanese and Korean art works at Rockefeller Plaza, New York, on 23 March.


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