Pacific Union’s China Concierge caters to the influx of Asian wealth and influence flooding Bay Area real estate. The company’s reputation earned them an exclusive affiliation with Christie’s International Real Estate. Through that esteemed relationship they produced a show with Christie’s Auction House featuring post-war, contemporary and legendary local artists for top-tier buyers at the Hedge Gallery. Instantly recognizable works from icons the likes of Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat hung audaciously on the walls, devoid of the hovering security detail you’d expect for the multi-million dollar price tags.
The viewing was a hint at what Christie’s New York had in store for the Art Market bidding wars the following month. Their sales from that week were record breaking, totaling $638,615,900 in the same genre curated for Pacific Union. The Roy Lichtenstein Collage for Interior: Perfect Pitcher featured on the China Concierge invitation was estimated at $1,500,000-$2,500,000. The final price of $4,421,000 was realized at auction.
Pacific Union CEO Mark McLaughlin, Silicon Valley Vice President David Barca and Vice President of Marketing Jessica Frushtick welcomed guests like Hurun Report’s North American Publisher Elizabeth Harrington. The magazine is an authority on tracking China’s high-net-worth individuals. Darlene Chiu Bryant Executive Director of ChinaSF was also on hand. An appointee of Mayor Ed Lee her role encourages transoceanic trade and investment between China and the West. The night was ahead of the trend, refined and seamless in its convergence of business and lifestyle, all delivered in a specialized concierge service from Pacific Union.
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All the best – Moanalani Jeffrey