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Charity exhibition raises funds in Shanghai

07-29-2010 09:00 BJT

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Recently in Shanghai, a charity exhibition was held to raise funds for poor children in China's less developed regions to help them obtain proper medical care.

The National Folk Arts Exhibition showcased more than 300 art works with a total value of three billion yuan.

After the show, all the exhibits will go under the hammer in a fundraising auction to be held on Saturday.

This gem-studded piano was made in 1880 and weighs as much as six hundred kilograms. Once belonging to the American King of Pop Michael Jackson, the piano now belongs to a Chinese collector from Shenyang. The transportation fee alone mounted to nearly one million yuan.

This gem-studded piano was made in 1880 and weighs as much as six hundred kilograms.
This gem-studded piano was made in 1880 and weighs as much as six hundred kilograms.

This is just one example of the exhibits' rare items. The huge set of relievo art pieces took more than fifty artisans three years to sculpt. Employing different shaped stones and jade, the sculptural pieces depict characters from "The Investiture of the Gods", one of the major vernacular Chinese epic fantasy novels written in the Ming Dynasty.

This set of Chinese furniture consisting of twelve items is a multiple award winning work in various domestic and international competitions for its exquisite craftsmanship. They were carved for different themes, including Chinese legends, mythology, novels, and traditional architecture.

There are also a huge calligraphic works on show. Part of the work was collected by UNESCO in 2008 for permanent display.

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