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Ancient ritual wine vessels, modern contemporary paintings and masterpieces of Buddhism, Hinduism, Daoism and Shintoism are among the highlights of Asian art sales in New York next week.Asia has become a player in the global art market, particularly in postwar and contemporary art sales.The global art market totaled $65.9 billion last year, an increase of 8 percent and the highest level since 2007, according to a report by the European Fine Art Foundation.Although the United States is the biggest art market with an estimated $25 billion, sales in China were nearly $16 billion, a rise of 2 percent from the previous year. It accounts for about 24 percent of global art sales, the figures showed. Paintings, sculptures, manuscripts representing Asia's religions and drawings by Indian artist Francis Newton Souza will also be featured.
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