RM119m raised from arte­facts’ auc­tion

New Straits Times - - News / Region -

KUALA LUMPUR: Arte­facts from China worth RM119 mil­lion were sold un­der the ham­mer here re­cently.

Asian Her­itage Mu­seum (AHM), with the en­gage­ment of Malaysia’s li­cenced auc­tion­eer with a global live and on­line bid­ding sys­tem, MNP Auc­tion­eers (Cen­tral) Sdn Bhd (MNP), or­gan­ised the first ma­jor auc­tion with the sell­ers and buy­ers from over­seas.

The auc­tion, which took place at the Boule­vard St Giles Ho­tel here two days ago, was con­ducted at the re­quest of Guang­dong BaoBao Cul­tural Mu­seum Co Ltd, an auc­tion house from Guangzhou.

Of the to­tal 542 pieces of arte­facts put up for auc­tion, 132 pieces were sold by ham­mer for RM119 mil­lion.

AHM chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer K.K. Tan said this was a ma­jor break­through not just for Malaysia, but also for Asean as the to­tal auc­tion sale was a record for Asian arte­facts.

“It would sig­nif­i­cantly po­si­tion Malaysia as an in­ter­na­tional trad­ing cen­tre out­side China, of Chi­nese works of art, which are in great de­mand,” he said.

AHM is or­gan­is­ing a Merdeka Ex­hi­bi­tion project called Jalan Merdeka at Car­cosa Seri Ne­gara in part­ner­ship with the New Straits Times from the end of this month to the end of next month.

Re­cently, AHM hosted an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Mu­seum of Asian Art at Univer­siti Malaya here.

A lead­ing au­then­ti­ca­tion ex­pert from China said, de­spite the ad­vance­ment of tech­nol­ogy, the au­then­tic­ity of Chi­nese arte­facts was best de­ter­mined by us­ing ba­sic tools and tech­niques.

Wu Fa Shen of the Jingdezhen Arche­ol­ogy Re­search In­sti­tute in China, uses a 30-60X pocket LED mag­ni­fier loupe or mag­ni­fy­ing glass and pocket size flash­light to in­spect Chi­nese arte­facts.

“The au­then­ti­ca­tion process can be com­pleted in two min­utes with the mag­ni­fier loupe and flash­light, with­out us­ing ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cal tools,” he said. By June Moh

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