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  1. News - Hong Kong

    Chinese tycoon Liu Yiqian breaks world auction record for HK$348.4m thangka

    Posted Nov 26th 2014, 06:25pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... Vivienne Chow Mainland tycoon Liu Yiqian, founder of Shanghai’s Long Museum, has smashed his own world auction record with the HK$348.4 million acquisition of a 600-year-old embroidered silk thangka at the Christie’s autumn auction today. The purchase set a new record for any Chinese work of art sold by an international auctioneer, breaking the record Liu set in April when he ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1649349/chinese-tycoon-liu-yiqian-breaks-world-auction-record-hk3484m-thangka
  2. News - World - HOLLYWOOD

    Piano from film 'Casablanca' sells at auction for US$3.4 million

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 12:35pm by Agence France-Presse in New York

    ... worn in 'The Wizard of Oz' The painted upright piano that adorned Rick’s Café in the classic movie, Casablanca, was sold for US$3.4 million at auction on Monday after a frenzied sale ... likeness of Lahr’s face- which was auctioned for nearly US$3.1 million. The piano featured prominently in the Oscar-winning 1942 romantic drama, set in the Moroccan port city of Casablanca. Leading ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1648248/piano-film-casablanca-sells-auction-us34-million
  3. News - Hong Kong - AUCTION

    Hermes Birkins fetch over HK$500,000 each at Christie's handbags auction

    Posted Nov 25th 2014, 05:11am by Vivienne Chow

    ... a symbol of fashion and status and a tradable asset all rolled into one. At Christie's handbags and accessories auction yesterday- the first in Hong Kong- six Birkin bags sold for more than ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1647853/hermes-birkins-fetch-over-hk500000-each-christies-handbags-auction
  4. News - Hong Kong - COLLECTIBLES

    Hongkonger pays record HK$254.6m for blue diamond at auction

    Posted Nov 21st 2014, 05:24pm by Vivienne Chow

    ... auction, setting a new record for precious gemstones. The pear-shaped fancy vivid diamond went under the hammer in a frantic 20-minute race involving seven bidders. It eventually sold to the Hong ... the buyer's premium. The buyer named the stone "The Zoe Diamond". Auctioneer Sotheby's did not disclose the buyer's identity. The total price smashed the previous auction record ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1645513/hongkonger-pays-record-hk2546m-blue-diamond-auction
  5. Property - International - UNITED STATES

    Surge in home auctions spurs foreclosure activity in US

    Posted Nov 19th 2014, 04:36am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Washington Surge in home auctions spurs foreclosure activity A surge in home auctions last month helped drive the biggest gain in foreclosure activity in the United States in more than four years, according to a report from RealtyTrac. RealtyTrac, which tracks housing market data, said banks last month scheduled 59,869 homes for auction, the highest rate in 17 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/property/international/article/1643102/surge-home-auctions-spurs-foreclosure-activity-us
  6. News - World - AUCTION

    Hat worn by Napoleon fetches €1.9 million at Paris auction

    Posted Nov 17th 2014, 09:21pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Paris One of the few remaining two-pointed hats once worn by the French emperor fetches €1.9 million Napoleon conquers at Paris auction One of Napoleon's famous two-pointed hats has been sold to a South Korean collector for nearly €1.9 million (HK$18.5 million) at an auction outside Paris. The black-felted beaver-fur bicorne hat is one of only 19 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1642293/hat-worn-napoleon-fetches-eu19-million-paris-auction
  7. News - World - ART

    Warhol works among Christie's auction take of US$853 million

    Posted Nov 13th 2014, 10:39pm by Reuters

    ... smashes records Christie's has held the most expensive art auction in history, selling US$853 million worth of contemporary and post-war art, led by a pair of Andy Warhol works featuring ... that the auction house's post-war and contemporary sale set a record for the highest total of a single sale. A bidding war drove Warhol's Triple Elvis (Ferus Type) to US$81.9 million, while Four ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1639047/warhol-works-among-christies-auction-take-us853-million
  8. News - Hong Kong - CULTURE

    Colonial official's Chinese cultural treasures up for auction in England

    Posted Nov 10th 2014, 06:46am by Vivienne Chow, Gary Cheung

    ... Vivienne Chow and Gary Cheung Cultural treasures collected by John Walden, who was a member of the Hong Kong administration for almost 30 years, go up for auction in UK Colonial official ... for Chinese works of art will be on display at an auction on Friday, when 106 pieces from the collection of the late former director of home affairs will go on sale at Duke's Auctioneers ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1635900/colonial-officials-chinese-cultural-treasures-auction-england
  9. News - China - CHANGING FACES

    Calm head pays dividends for auctioneer

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 12:00am by LAURA ZHOU

    ... is priceless when bids flow at auction Ji Tao was one of the first registered auctioneers on the mainland, and he has seen the auction industry develop since the government passed a law in 1997 standardising auction practices and protecting those involved. Today, with his own company in Beijing, Ji looks back on his 15 years as an auctioneer. When did you get the idea to become an auctioneer ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1256678/calm-head-pays-dividends-auctioneer
  10. News - China - LITERATURE

    Auction of Chinese literary couple's letters sparks privacy row

    Posted May 23rd 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Beijing Privacy row as literary pair's letters auctioned Around 100 letters and manuscripts by one of China's top literary couples are to be auctioned ... "Correspondence is a private matter. Why should it be made public?" it quoted Yang as saying. An executive of Sungari International Auction confirmed the sale, but refused to disclose the identity ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1243710/auction-chinese-literary-couples-letters-sparks-privacy-row

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