SHKP trumps up run for money to challenge henderson's sales stunt Hong Kong's property flippers can now choose between money and beauty for their next investments. Following Henderson Land's marketing campaign for its Grand Waterfront development featuring last year's Miss Universe, Jennifer Hawkins, Sun Hung Kai Properties came up yesterday with its very own 'Donald Triumph' at an event to drum up support among Centaline property agents for its Harbour Green development near Olympic Station. The firm's would-be The Apprentice star turned out to be a Centaline branch manager named Andy. And, while 'Mr Triumph' was featured buying a luxury penthouse, Sun Hung Kai technically could not sell anything in the complex without government presales consent. Standing in place of the real Donald Trump, Lai See has the following observations on the publicity stunt: 'Beauty sells, and you're fired.' charity ball hints at good times Putting paid to the myth that journalists are tight-fisted, Lai See is happy to report that Saturday's Foreign Correspondents' Club ball raised $3.4 million for the Po Leung Kuk Scholarship Fund and Language Training Programme. And while the good vibrations provided by The Beach Boys had guests dancing for two hours with the help of a large beach ball, Lai See's always-on-the-job colleagues picked up some helpful market tips from the charity auction. Bankers at JP Morgan seem to be expecting healthy year-end bonuses, if the $75,000 paid by one staff for a poster of The Graduate signed by star Dustin Hoffman is anything to go by. The auction also coughed up some much-needed encouragement for under-fire England manager Sven Goran Eriksson ahead of his team's final World Cup qualifier against Poland in Manchester early this morning. A football shirt signed by England stars including David Beckham, John Terry and Frank Lampard fetched the same as a Brazil shirt signed by the likes of Pele and Ronaldo - $50,000. follow the viking spirit England may have already qualified for the World Cup but that hasn't stopped calls for Mr Eriksson's head following several lacklustre performances including an embarrassing loss to Denmark and, for some, the ultimate humiliation - defeat to Northern Ireland. But Lai See thinks Mr Eriksson, with his estimated #4 million ($54.2 million) salary, should follow the example of fellow Swede Arne M?rtensson should things turn sour with his employers. The group chief executive of Swedish banking giant Svenska Handelsbanken recently announced his intention to sail around the world for three years after his contract ends next year. Mr M?rtensson and his wife Helene will sail his Hallberg-Rassy 62 sailing yacht Yaghan 44,000 nautical miles westbound around the world via Cape Horn, Antarctica and Cape of Good Hope. hefty returns for pioneer investor Punters lining up to submit their applications for shares in China Construction Bank's initial public offering may be heartened by the returns made by the first overseas investor to cash in part of its holding in a mainland bank. Yesterday, International Finance Corp sold a 10 per cent stake in Nanjing City Commercial Bank to French bank BNP Paribas for US$45 million. As IFC paid US$27 million for a 15 per cent stake in the Nanjing lender in November 2001, the sale price equates to a 150 per cent return on investment in four years - a lot better than the 30 per cent return on the Hang Seng Index for the same period but rather feeble compared with the 490 per cent an investor could have made buying and holding PetroChina stock for four years. just missed the news While Lai See prides himself on being ahead of the markets, he's embarrassed to admit this obsession sometimes leaves him behind on the news. An item on Tuesday about a labour lawsuit filed by former Cathay Pacific ground crew Tam Wai-mei against the airline was, regrettably, not up to date. In fact, Cathay had successfully won an appeal against the suit last Friday. Solicitors Angela Wang & Co, which tipped us off to the case in an email, issued an ill-timed legal note discussing the implications of Ms Tam's court win - a day after it was overturned by the appeals court.