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East meets West at Sotheby's Hong Kong curiosities preview

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 01:03

A mixture of natural and man-made items from different time periods and places are previewed by Sotheby's ahead of their Hong Kong auction. (ROUGH CUT - No reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. A mixture of natural and man-made items crossing time and places were previewed by Sotheby's on Friday (March 31) ahead of their Hong Kong auction. Sotheby's Asia Deputy Chairman, Nicholas Chow, said it was a mix between the Western cabinet of curiosities and the Chinese scholar's studio. One of the works is a statue of Bamana from Mali, Africa thought to have been made between the 13th and 17th century worth up to half a million U.S. dollars. A Jurassic period dinosaur skull, a smaller relative of the T-rex, was a showstopper among their 76 lots expected to fetch in excess of $6.4 million. But Chow said the highlight of the collection was a dry-lacquered head of Avalokitesvara valued at over $3 million, saying it was the best example of Buddhist art he had ever handled. Other bright spots include 30 million-year-old Oligocene, 18th century wax anatomical models and a stainless steel corset. The lots will be up for auction on April 4.

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East meets West at Sotheby's Hong Kong curiosities preview

Friday, March 31, 2017 - 01:03