(The Star) AS expected, Art Auction Malaysia 2011 last Sunday recorded outstanding sales figures and set new national records for many local artists, especially Abdul Latiff Mohidin and Chang Fee Ming.
At the hammered price of RM520,000, Latiff’s well-publicised Pago-Pago Forms – the top pick of the 104 lots – drew loud applause from the packed room of well over 200 people at the White Box, MAP@Publika, in Kuala Lumpur.
The 1968 oil on canvas (88x68.8cm) attracted furious bidding among a dozen parties, with a starting price of RM250,000. But that soon dwindled to a handful of tenacious bidders when it went over the RM390,000 mark. This seems to be the threshold figure that separates most individual collectors from institutional buyers and those with staying power.
Latiff Mohidin’s Pago-Pago Forms fetched RM572,000, inclusive of the buyer’s 10% premium.
Valuable: A remarkable RM198,000, inclusive of the buyer’s premium, was paid for Datuk Hoessein Enas’ oil on canvas, Morning Mist 5.