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    Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

    This Ming Vase set a world record for any Ming porcelain at auction in Hong Kong. (Click on image to enlarge).

    THERE was a world auction record for Ming Porcelain at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong today.  This outstanding blue and white Imperial Vase, Ming Dynasty, Yongle Period – just less than 15 inches high – sold for HK$168,660,000 / £14,032,792/ US$21,623,077 after a ten minute bidding battle on the telephone.  It was won  by Nicolas Chow, Sotheby’s International Head of Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art, against a Sotheby’s Ceramics Specialist based in Beijing.

    Chinese buyers from around the world competed for 32 important pieces from Sotheby’s sale of Part II of Imperial Chinese Porcelains from the Meiyintang Collection which brought HK$560 million /£46.6 million / US$71.8 million in just over an hour.  Ming porcelain (1368-1644) has been less sought after in latter times than Qing (1644-1911) wares, though it is older. Ming can be less decorative than Qing, and has not quite matched the taste of new buyers from mainland China.


    Sunday, September 25th, 2011

    A pair of 35.77 and 35.61-carat D colour flawless clarity Type IIa round brilliant-cut diamonds, estimated at US$7/9 million each.

    This pair of unmounted, round, brilliant cut diamonds weighing 35.77 and 35.61 carats each and graded “D Flawless” will lead Christie’s sale of magnificent jewels in Hong Kong on November 29.  “D Flawless” is the highest accolade for colour and clarity and the Type 11a stones have been estimated at $7-9 million US dollars each.  They were uncovered at two separate mines in southern Africa, the Jwaneng mine in Botswana and the Saxendrift mine in South Africa.

    Beginning in October the sale will be toured to New York, Beijing, Shanghai, Tokyo, Singapore, Bangkok, Geneva, Taipei and Hong Kong.

    UPDATE: the 35.77 carat stone sold for  $8,275,350 US dollars, the 35.61 carat stone made $8,131,654 US.