Dr. Hugo Weihe, who leads the cross-departmental business getting team for Asian art, is also responsible for the Indian & Southeast Asian Art Department based in New York.
Under Dr. Weihe's leadership, the department set numerous record breaking prices, including $1,127,500 for a Khmer sandstone figure of Uma, 11th century, a new world auction record for any work of art in the field (2004); and $724,300 for a bronze figure of Shiva as the Lord of Music, setting a world auction record for a Chola bronze (2003). In the fast growing field of Modern & Contemporary Indian art, Dr. Weihe was the auctioneer to sell Tyeb Mehta's Mahisasura for $1,548,000, a world auction record for any contemporary Indian painting (September 2005).
Dr. Weihe received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Zürich where he also lectured on various subjects related to Asian art. His book, Die Ware Kunst (Art as Commodity), was published in 1989. In the early 1990s, he was the publisher of Artibus Asiae, one of the most important scholarly journals in the field of Asian art, based at the Museum Rietberg Zürich, in collaboration with the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C.