HK$101,000 paid for 'King of Kowloon' piece

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 15 August, 2007, 12:00am

A 30cm terracotta warrior statuette with a sample of the 'King of Kowloon' Tsang Tsou-choi's trademark graffiti was auctioned for HK$101,000 yesterday at a charity event.

The figure was initially marked at HK$1,000 when internet bids opened on August 4. The identity of the successful bidder was unknown. The money will be donated to Oxfam Hong Kong.

'It shows that many people rank the work of this Hong Kong graffiti artist highly,' the charity group said.

The figure and other Tsang exhibits can be seen at Telford Plaza, Kowloon Bay, until September 2.

Tsang died on July 15 at the age of 86. His death spurred appreciation for his work, though much of it was washed away in his lifetime. His graffiti can still be seen on pillars at the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui, near Kwun Tong police station and a few other places around Hong Kong.