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This blog was created to shed awareness of issues that East Asians face politically, economically and culturally. While we are passionate about our views we still maintain our sense of humor and may occasionally post some funny Asian things found on the internet.
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The Most Valuable 'Antiques Roadshow' Item

The Most Valuable 'Antiques Roadshow' Item
18th century Chinese rhinoceros horn cups, $1-$1.5 million at auction In July 2011, a man from Oklahoma broke the  Antiques Roadshow  record with his collection of Chinese cups carved from rhinoceros horns. His collection dates back to the 18th century, and was appraised by Lark Mason for $1-$1.5 million at auction.
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04 JUNE 2015 CHINESE PAINTINGS, JADE & WORKS OF ART

04 JUNE 2015 CHINESE PAINTINGS, JADE & WORKS OF ART
CHINESE PAINTINGS, JADE & WORKS OF ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW       ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, May 30: 11AM-5PM Monday, June 1: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, June 2: 11AM-6PM Wednesday, June 3: 11AM-6PM Thursday, June 4 11AM-1PM
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888 Auctions Featuring Chinese Paintings, Jade and Works of Art Richmond Hill, Ont – 888 Auctions is proud to present its Chinese Paintings, Jade, and Works of Art sale on 4 June 2015 featuring traditional paintings, ceramics and bronze cloisonné pieces, and exceptional jade and Tianhuang stone carvings. The standout piece in 888 Auction’s summer sale is Lot 59: a Chinese Watercolour Xu Beihong (1895-1953) Painting with certificate. Inscribed with artist seal and accompanied with a hand written certificate by Liao Jingwen, the brushwash painting carries a high estimate of $24,000 and is expected to garner the most attention in the sale. Noted for the soaring auction prices achieved by his traditional watercolour paintings, collectors may be pleased to find the inclusion of letters signed by Zhang Daqian at Lot 2 . Found in relatively excellent condition, the ten pages of letters with hardboard cover and back cover measure 21 cm by 21.5 cm and expected to surpass its high estimate of $6,000 . Other important paintings can also be found at the following lots: Lot 60: Chinese Landscape Hand Scroll Lin Sanzhi 1898-1989 (High Estimate: $6,000) Lot 109: Landscape Scroll Wang Xuehao 1754-1831 (High Estimate: $3,200) Stone carved pieces continue to hold special interest for...
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Call for Auction

Call for Auction
CONSIGNMENTS WANTED Consign your luxury vintage watches and accessories for auction For evaluation please email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or bring them into the auction house All items insured against loss and damage and are sold subject to our consignment agreement    Luxury Vintage Watches:  Rolex, Breitling, Cartier, Carl F. Bucherer, Gucci, Longines, Piaget, Tag Heuer, Vacheron Constantin. Patek Philippe etc. Luxury Vintage Accessories: Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Gucci, Cartier, Prada, Versace, Jimmy Choo, Tiffany & Co.  etc.
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07 MAY 2015 CHINESE FURNITURE & ASIAN WORKS OF ART

07 MAY 2015 CHINESE FURNITURE & ASIAN WORKS OF ART
CHINESE FURNITURE & ASIAN WORKS OF ART ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW       ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, May 2: 11AM-5PM Monday, May 4: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, May 5: 11AM-6PM Wednesday, May 6: 11AM-6PM Thursday, May 7 11AM-1PM
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888 Auctions May 7 Sale to Showcase Chinese Furniture and Asian Works of Art Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions’ May 7 th sale of Chinese Furniture & Asian Works of Art will showcase 506 lots. Spearheading the summer sale will be an antique 6-piece huali rosewood carved soft set . Immaculately carved and well maintained, this 1940’s era sofa set features openwork carvings with custom-made glass top for lampstand and tea table. This rare set at Lot 226 commands a $20,000 high estimate with bidding expected to start at $12,000. Following close on its heels will also be Lot 250, a Chinese rosewood carved opium bed . This rare opium bed features an inset marble “dreamstone” with openwork carved scrollwork. Lot 250 carries a high estimate of $20,000 and is expected to garner tremendous interest for connoisseurs of rosewood carved opium beds. From the same 1940s collection of Lot 226, buyers may also find some rare antique rosewood carved furniture at the following lots: Lot 210: 1940's Set of Four Chinese Rosewood Stools (High Estimate: $5,000) Lot 217: 1940's Rosewood High Altar Table w/ 2 Drawers (High Estimate: $7,000) Lot 225A: 1940s Chinese Rosewood Dining Set 8 Chairs & Table (High Estimate: $8,000) Lot 242:...
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12 MARCH 2015 CANADIAN ART & ASIAN ANTIQUES

12 MARCH 2015 CANADIAN ART & ASIAN ANTIQUES
CANADIAN ART & ASIAN ANTIQUES ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW       ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, March  7: 11AM-5PM Monday, March 9: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, March 10 : 11AM-6PM Wednesday, March 11: 11AM-6PM Thursday, March  12  11AM-1PM
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Group of Seven Paintings to Headline 888 Auctions’ March 12 Sale Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions’ March 12 th sale of Canadian Art and Asian Antiques will showcase 503 lots featuring three members of the Canadian Group of Seven. Front and centre in the March sale will be three important Group of Seven paintings in the sale: Lot 83: Canadian Oil on Panel, A. Y. Jackson (1882-1974) with a $60,000 high estimate Lot 84: Canadian Oil on Board A. J. Casson (1898-1992) with a $100,000 high estimate Lot 87: Canadian Oil on Board Arthur Lismer (1885-1969) with a $60,000 high estimate The three Group of Seven works will compliment 888’s staple of Chinese traditional brush-wash paintings. Collectors will be very interested in the work of Xie Zhilui (1910-1997), which can be found at Lot 50 ; featuring mountain landscape scene and calligraphy, lot 50 will carry a high estimate of $16,000 . Continuing the eclectic and strong diversity of lots in the March auction, an Ancient Saudi Arabian Greek Sabine Kingdom Case will be featured at Lot 166 ; the well-preserved case depicting incised designs of figures and ancient script carries a high estimate of $50,000 . Among textiles, collectors will be ecstatic to find at...
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Closed Family Day Holiday Monday February 16, 2015

Closed Family Day Holiday Monday February 16, 2015
Happy Family Day 2014. We will be closed for Family Day on Monday February 16, 2015 Best wishes to you and your families
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12 FEBRUARY, 2015 FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS, JADE & CARVINGS

12 FEBRUARY, 2015 FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS, JADE & CARVINGS
FINE CHINESE PAINTINGS, JADE & CARVINGS ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW       ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, February 7: 11AM-5PM Monday, February 9: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, February 10 : 11AM-6PM Wednesday, February 11: 11AM-6PM Thursday, February 12  11AM-1PM
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  888 Auctions’ February 12 Sale to Showcase Important Excavated Saudi Arabian Clay Bound Manuscript Book Richmond Hill, ON – 888 Auctions’ February 12 th sale of Chinese Paintings, Jade & Carvings will showcase 501 lots of Asian Works of Art with a particular focus on Chinese watercolour ink-brush paintings. Despite the dominance of Chinese works of arts, highlighting the February sale will be an in Important Saudi Arabian clay bound manuscript excavated at a Saudi Arabian archaeological site. Featured at Lot 170 , the well-preserved clay book features four pages of carvings depicting incised designs of figures and ancient script carrying a high estimate of $20,000. Chinese watercolour paintings continue to find high interest and high prices; collectors will be pleased to hear the inclusion of works of Qiu Yin (1494-1552), Wu Jingting (1904-1972), and Fu Baoshi (1904-1965): Lot 63: Chinese WC Painting Figures Qiu Yin 1494-1552 (High Estimate: $6,000) Lot 70: Chinese Handscroll Figures Fu Baoshi 1904-1965 (High Estimate: $12,000) Lot 111: Chinese Painting Figures Wu Jingting (1904-1972) (High Estimate: $6,000) From the collection of jade carvings, that have become a staple at 888 Auctions, comes Lot 277A: A Fine Chinese Imperial Jade Bead Necklace . This finely carved necklace features Hetian White spherical beads...
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15 JANUARY, 2015 FINE CHINESE ART & NATURAL HISTORY CARVINGS

15 JANUARY, 2015 FINE CHINESE ART & NATURAL HISTORY CARVINGS
FINE CHINESE ART & NATURAL HISTORY CARVINGS ONLINE CATALOG AVAILABLE NOW       ONLINE CATALOG & LIVE INTERNET BIDDING   PREVIEW PERIOD Saturday, January 10: 11AM-5PM Monday, January 12: 11AM-6PM Tuesday, January 13 : 11AM-6PM Wednesday, January 14: 11AM-6PM Thursday, January 15 : 11AM-1PM
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  888 Auctions Ushers in 2015 with Fine Chinese Carved Amber Figure Richmond Hill, ON – After a successful year in 2014, 888 Auctions is prepared to usher in the new year with a fine collection of Fine Chinese Art and Natural History Carvings Thursday, January 15 th , 2015 . Comprising over 500 lots, the auction will showcase an enticing collection of Asian art and antiques including but not limited to natural history carvings, paintings, porcelains, bronze cast Buddhist deities, fine furniture and jade and shoushan pieces. Items have been selected for their fine artistic merits, historical value, and exceptional provenance. Highlighting the first auction of the year will be Lot 433, a Fine Chinese Carved Amber Figure of a Pair of Arhats . Standing just shy of 13 cm, the two mythical figures are standing atop auspicious clouds holding a fu dog. The finely carved amber piece is accompanied with a certificate and is expected to seize over its high estimate of $18,000. Another standout piece is Lot 420, a Fine Chinese Horn Carved Libation Cup ; featuring fine openwork carvings of plants in relief, the mahogany-toned, lotus leaf-shaped rim libation cup commands a $12,000 high estimate and has garnered high interest...
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