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Sotheby’s Expects Up to $55 Million in Qing Dynasty Auction

Posted in Old Stuff in the News  by Steven on September 3rd, 2008

Reuters reports on the upcoming Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong of the treasures of a Chinese Emperor:

A singular collection of imperial treasures once owned by China’s powerful Qianlong emperor including jade dragon seals, military scrolls and a sword will be offered by Sotheby’s this autumn in its Hong Kong sale.

Sotheby’s “Legacies of Imperial Power” auction will feature a group of ancient seals from the reign of the Manchu Qianlong emperor (1736-1795) sourced from the family estate of French industrialist Emile Guimet, whose celebrated oriental art collection is now mostly displayed in the Musee Guimet in Paris.

The sale, 35 lots in total, includes a pristine 15meter (49 ft) scroll of over 16,000 military figures, including the Emporer himself on a white stallion, a suit of armor, a sword and a massive white jade Imperial seal. The estimated total for the sale is $55 million.

Increasing wealth of the burgeoning capitalist class in China along with a strong sense of nationalism may be contributing to the continued growth in the Chinese antiquities market, as corporate executives seek to enhance their own prestige while reclaiming the stolen treasures of their ancestors.

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