Charity auction will still get its day in the sun

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 11 June, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 11 June, 2008, 12:00am

Gallery owner Christine Park's attempt to do her part for the earthquake victims was hit by a natural disaster of its own. The Korean socialite, who operates a classical art and furnishing shop under her own name, had planned an open house and auction on Saturday to raise money for the Sichuan victims. She had planned to give half the proceeds from the auction to charity, hoping to raise about HK$10 million. Alas, the black-signal rainstorm spoiled the event. However, with so many guests and luminaries already on hand, Park decided to go ahead with the gala dinner at her Peak home nevertheless.

Initially, Park wanted to change the auction date to this weekend, but then realised she would be competing with Father's Day. As a result, the auction of works, including 19th century pieces by Henri Guillaume Schlesinger and Carlos Laharrague, will now be the following weekend, with open house viewing on June 21 and 22, and the charity bidding after 3pm on June 22 at House C, Sunshine Villa, 48 Mount Kellett Road, The Peak. For details, call 2849 7771.