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Chinese artworks auctioned in H.K.

09-02-2010 08:59 BJT

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If you want some cultural heritage that's a bit more tangible, you might want to head over to Hong Kong... Chinese collectors there are showing an appetite for classical art, jewels, and ceramics from their homeland. When auction house Sotheby's revealed the line-up for its Hong Kong autumn sale on Tuesday, and an enthusiastic crowd sprang up and is expected to bid more than 205-million US dollars.

Fine Chinese paintings, ceramics including several rare masterpieces, and contemporary Chinese art are expected to fetch record prices during the upcoming auction.

Sotheby's announced its collections including masterpieces of Qing Imperial porcelain as well as outstanding collections of modern Chinese ink paintings and contemporary Chinese art. The sale will be held from October 2nd through the 8th.

Nicolas Chow, Sotheby's Deputy Chairman, Intl Head of Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art, said, "And pieces we're offering this time comprise eight vases, enameled during the Qianlong period, during the peak of porcelain production during the Qing dynasty. The most important vase is a Fangcai vase, a vase that was fired white in JingDezhen, Jiangxi province, and enameled in the forbidden city in the imperial workshops under strict and the direct supervision of emperor Qianlong."

During the last spring auction, a rare, flawless blue diamond that was once part of the legendary De Beers Millennium Collection was sold for 6.4 million US dollars, exceeding the top price estimate but falling short of the 2009 record.

But Chow had high hopes on the impending auction, expressing his confidence in breaking a record.

Last season, the overall auction raised 52.4 million US dollars, a figure Sotheby's said was the highest total ever for a sale of this category.


Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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