Christie's sells nearly $15 million of art at Shanghai auction

SHANGHAI, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Christie's sold nearly $15 million worth of art at its autumn auction in Shanghai on Sunday, with a painting by abstract master Zao Wou-ki fetching more than $5 million.

The combined 98.5 million yuan ($14.8 million) sale was 35 percent higher than the previous year, the company said.

Zao's "24.12.2002 Diptyque" sold for 33.6 million yuan, the most expensive work of art to be sold in Christies Shanghai.

The highest price for a Western work of art was 13.2 million yuan for Salvador Dali's sculpture "Elephant du triomphe".

"We have presented both young and established artists to an international audience and witnessed strong buying from Chinese and international clients," said Charlotte Liu, Managing Director of Christie's China.

($1 = 6.6200 Chinese yuan renminbi) (Reporting by Reuters Television, Editing by Darren Schuettler and Christian Schmollinger)