Bonhams Achieve Blockbuster Sales of Chinese Art in Hong Kong Today with All Lots Sold

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HONG KONG.- Bonhams Hong Kong secured another ‘Golden Gavel’ triumph today (25 May 2011) with the sale of the legendary Mary and George Bloch Collection of Chinese Snuff bottles: Part III. All 142 lots sold out for a total of HK$38,361,600 (£3,054,329). The blockbuster sale proves that the international market for the finest Chinese snuff bottles shows no sign of abating at the top level. The Island Shangri-La Hotel’s ballroom was filled to capacity today as bidders from Hong Kong, Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, London and California vied with bidders on the telephone to acquire the superb snuff bottles from the third selection of the world’s finest private collection, by far the best ever to come to the auction market. For the third time in this series of sales, every lot was successfully sold, maintaining Bonhams’ unique auction tradition in Hong Kong. Colin Sheaf, Chairman of Bonhams Asia and auctio