We may not always like to judge paintings by looking at price tags, but the truth is, what connoisseurs are willing to pay does matter, not least to the reputation of the artist. Penang Monthly lists the recent top earners.
Once, the honour of top grosser in Malaysian art in auctions was a toss-up between Datuk Ibrahim Hussein and Latiff Mohidin. Three deceased Datuks – Chuah Thean Teng, Syed Ahmad Jamal and Hoessein Enas – consistently breached RM100,000 and above in premium sales, but not often enough to challenge either Ibrahim or Latiff for the Number One spot.
The floodgates have since been thrown wide open with Yusof Ghani, Chang Fee Ming, Khalil Ibrahim, Eng Tay (RM137,500, Kuala Lumpur Lifestyle or KLAS, July 2013), Yeoh Jin Leng (RM154,000, KLAS, September 2012) and Rome-based H.H. Lim (RM121,000, Henry Butcher or HB, November 2013).
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