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New wreck discovered in South China Sea

01 October 2012

Fishermen are reported to have discovered another ancient shipwreck, complete with cargo, in the South China Sea near Vung Tau off the South East coast of Vietnam.

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Export ban hits restorers using rattan

18 September 2012

The antiques trade could soon fall victim to the global rattan shortage prompted by an Indonesian export ban.

Hong Kong move for China Guardian as obstacles to mainland prospects gather

30 July 2012

Beijing-based auction house China Guardian is reported to be launching a sales programme in Hong Kong this autumn.

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Sotheby’s total down in Hong Kong despite record for Song ceramic

16 April 2012

SOTHEBY’S concluded their latest Hong Kong series of sales on April 4, raising a premium-inclusive total of over HK$2.46bn (£212.5m) for the eight sales containing over 2780 lots.

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Christie’s and Sotheby’s galleries raise the stakes in Hong Kong

10 April 2012

LARGE new gallery spaces in Hong Kong look set to provide the battleground in the competition for private treaty sales between Sotheby’s and Christie’s.

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Records in Hong Kong despite Chinese credit squeeze

12 December 2011

THE selectivity in the Chinese ceramics and works of art market seen in London in early November was repeated during Christie’s and Bonhams’ latest Asian series in Hong Kong.

Spink expand in Hong Kong

21 November 2011

SPINK have acquired Hong Kong-based Phila China, a philatelic auction house founded by Anna Lee.

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UK auctioneers forge Chinese links via epaiLive

07 November 2011

A NEW live auction platform which will give UK auctioneers direct access to Chinese bidders has been launched in Beijing.

Stanley Gibbons expand into Asia

10 October 2011

COLLECTABLES specialists Stanley Gibbons have opened a new office in Hong Kong in a bid to stake a claim in the Asian market for coins, military medals, stamps and historical documents.

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£35m scroll underlines strength of Chinese art market

06 June 2011

IT took 50 bids and half an hour to auction this RMB370m (£35m) scroll, by Qi Baishi (1864-1957) at Beijing's China Guardian on May 22 – the latest demonstration of the breadth of mainland demand for modern Chinese paintings by the country's most acclaimed artists.

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Record Hong Kong series tackles non-payment issue

03 May 2011

SOTHEBY’S latest Asian series represented an all-time high for the firm in Hong Kong.

Beijing auction house opens office in US

04 April 2011

CHINA’s fourth largest auction house, the Beijing Council International Auction Company, have opened an office in the US with the aim of sourcing material to sell in mainland China.

China pushes UK art market into third place

14 March 2011

CHINA has pushed the United Kingdom into third place as a player in the world art market and is now second only to the United States.

Lloyd Webber wine sale shows Far Eastern thirst

01 February 2011

DEMAND for fine wines showed no sign of abating at the latest round of auctions in Hong Kong.

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Chinese works join highest ranks of world art market after record in Hong Kong series

22 October 2010

THE world auction record for a Chinese ceramic of work of art toppled during Sotheby's latest week-long Asian sales series of classical, modern and contemporary Chinese art, watches, wine and jewellery in Hong Kong.

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Chinese up the stakes in war against fakes

20 September 2010

EXPERIMENTAL technology designed to determine the age of ceramics by scientific means is now being put to use at the heart of the Chinese works of art trade.

Chinese set new standards for their auction houses

12 July 2010

A SERIES of guidelines designed to encourage standard and proper practice in the fine art auction industry in China were unveiled on June 31. They are the first measures of their type since sales by auction were permitted to resume in the People’s Republic 23 years ago.

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Scroll sets record for Chinese work of art

14 June 2010

BEIJING auctioneers Poly established a new milestone for Chinese art on June 3 selling a 38ft (15m) long calligraphic hand scroll by a Song Dynasty master for RMB390m ($57.4m) plus 12 per cent buyer's premium.

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Hong Kong sales enjoy the great bounce back

29 April 2010

WHAT a difference a year can make. At the start of 2009 vendors shaken by the economic climate were reticent to consign to the major houses’ Hong Kong sales. But, a series of strong international Chinese sales during the latter half of last year restored market confidence.

China Guardian release record results

22 February 2010

BEIJING-based auction house China Guardian has published record sales results for 2009.

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