Bonhams dedicates auction to Leica cameras

This rare Leica camera is expected to fetch up to HK$1.8 million at the auction. Photo: Sam Tsang

British auction house Bonhams will set a precedent tomorrow with Hong Kong's first auction dedicated to Leica cameras.

Thursday, 22 November, 2012, 4:20am

‘Looted’ Chinese antiques pulled from UK auction

Two Chinese antiques have been withdrawn from auction in Britain, the auctioneer said, after the proposed sale sparked fury in China amid claims they were looted from Beijing in the 19th century.

Bonhams issued an apology as it confirmed the two jade carvings would not be sold after the owner withdrew them from a planned auction on Thursday to “avoid any possible offence”.

5 Nov 2012 - 7:12pm

Everything's rosy, judgingby the Christie's index

The Chinese economy may be cooling down, America's remains weak and Europe's is largely in crisis, but Christie's Hong Kong has shown yet again that it is insulated from the economic gloom gripping the globe.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Auction houses face rising risk of dirty money

The city's auction houses risk becoming a prime target for money laundering gangs, experts warn, as sales reach record levels.

With the spring auction season well under way in Hong Kong, one academic says the city's security in this regard is still far behind other markets, such as Britain, where auction houses are explicitly obligated to report suspicious transactions.

22 Apr 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

Artistic passion

In the often fickle art world, it seems ART HK director Magnus Renfrew has a knack for being in the right place at the right time. The Cambridge, England native was helping to put together the first sale of contemporary Asian art for London auction house Bonhams in 2006 when he was approached by Chinese art pioneer Pearl Lam to head exhibitions at her Shanghai gallery.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Art to write home about

The star lot of Bonhams' Fine Chinese Paintings and Modern Asian Art auction is a piece of calligraphy written by the Yongzheng Emperor (1678-1735) in 1724 to reward General Yue Zhongqi for suppressing the rebellion of Qinghai in the second year of the Yongzheng period. Lot 603's estimated worth is between HK$250,000 and HK$350,000.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Hong Kong

The spring auctions continue this week with Bonhams holding sales on May 20 and 21, followed by Christie's from May 24 to 27.

17 May 2009 - 12:00am

Art dealers converge on city as international fair kicks off

Internationally renowned art galleries and auction houses hope to do some serious business in the next two weeks as collectors from around the region fly in for a series of art events.

14 May 2009 - 12:00am

City wine auction scaled down

Bonhams has quietly scaled down its first Hong Kong wine auction of the year amid difficulty in securing consignments from overseas collectors reluctant to sell in a downturn.

6 May 2009 - 12:00am

Vintage year for auction house

Bonhams' 2008 Autumn Auction and Dinner

Where: Harbour Room, Island Shangri-La

When: December 1

2 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Dinner promises to put a smile on charities' faces

This year's event begins with a charity dinner and auction today. Proceeds from the evening will be split between Operation Smile's Hangzhou Charity Hospital and the Red Cross in Chengdu to help victims of the May 12 earthquake.

27 May 2008 - 12:00am

Key facts

When Public Preview: today, 3pm to 6pm; tomorrow and Thursday, 10am to 7pm; Friday, 10am to 5pm

Where Island ballroom, Island Shangri-La, Hong Kong

Auctions Thursday: Fine Chinese Ceramics, Works of Art and Paintings at 3pm, Friday: Fine Western and Jadeite Jewellery at 2pm, Fine Modern Wristwatches at 5pm

27 May 2008 - 12:00am

More players keen to dip their fingers in HK's fine-wine well

US-based wine merchants Zachys and Hart Davis Hart and major auction houses are exploring the possibility of holding fine-wine auctions in Hong Kong, a source familiar with the discussions said.

Much will depend on last night's auction by Bonhams, the first in Hong Kong in a decade following the government's scrapping of the 40 per cent duty on wine two months ago.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Timely boost for Chan's foundation

Auction house Bonhams' recent autumn sale of fine Chinese and western arts and crafts was preceded by a cocktail party that raised funds for the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am