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Hong Kong becomes global hub for auction houses

Hong Kong's prowess in the global art market is growing, as more Asian auction houses utilise the city as an internatio

Thursday, 6 September, 2012, 3:31am

Writer's family seeks halt to manuscript sale

The family of writer Zhou Zuoren, who died in 1967, has demanded the cancellation of a weekend auction of a manuscript they say was looted from their home by Red Guards in the Cultural Revolution.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

A humble bowl's brush with history

A small, plain bowl from the 12th century sold for a record HK$208 million - three times its pre-sale estimate - as Sotheby's five-day spring auction concluded yesterday in Hong Kong.

The 900-year-old Ru Guanyao (government ceramics kiln) lobed brush washer dating from the Northern Song dynasty is one of just five in private hands out of 79 in existence.

5 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Art lovers open their hearts, and wallets, for charity project

More than 50 art collectors and well-wishers spilled onto the street in front of the ilivetomorrow Gallery in Sheung Wan. They all shared the same goal - to help Japanese children affected by last year's earthquake and tsunami, and perhaps snap up an original work of art while they were at it.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Dealers seeing red over false bidding

When the hammer came down on an abstract painting by Zao Wou-ki at a Sotheby's Hong Kong sale in October, the HK$69 million bid set a new auction record for the Chinese-French artist.

The colourful piece, 10.1.68 (1968), then made headlines again three months later, this time for a less celebratory reason: the mainland woman who bid for it, Ren Chunxia, failed to pay up.

30 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

That's your lot

Paul Dunn remembers the first wine auction he attended, in 2008. He had only recently decided to start collecting, and was eager to acquire bottles quickly.

'I was starting from scratch. I had bottles at home, but in no way could it be called a collection,' he recalls over glasses of wine at the Hong Kong Golf Club in Deep Water Bay.

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Best-case scenarios

Words of wisdom at auction:

David Wainwright, Zachys Asia, managing director

'Never be in a hurry to buy - you'll pay too much. And never be in a hurry to sell or you won't get the price you want.'

16 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Focus on more land supply

In contrast to last year, John Tsang Chun-wah's swansong budget contained no big financial measures to cool the property market. It instead focused on increasing land supply to keep prices under control.

2 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Pretenders cash in on auction houses' prestige

International auction houses have become victims of China's thriving art market, with the emergence of a stream of companies seemingly related to the world's big three - Sotheby's, Christie's and Bonhams.

Despite persistent legal action taken in Hong Kong and on the mainland, the pretenders keep appearing.

15 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Can online auction by 20 developers trigger a change of habit?

Buying homes online is not common practice on the mainland. But will a forthcoming attention-grabbing online auction organised by a group of 20 developers change buying habits in the property market there?

On Sunday the group, including major players China Vanke, Soho China, and Huayuan Real Estate, will offer 95 properties for sale through an online auction.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am