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Robb Report (Malaysia) - - Contents - By RENYI LIM The Tales of Bee­dle the Bard photo BEN A PRUCHNIE

The Tales of Bee­dle the Bard Trans­lated From The Orig­i­nal Runes by JK Rowl­ing Auc­tioned by Sotheby’s in Lon­don for £ 368,750 ( RM2 mil­lion).

This is one of seven man­u­script copies of The Tales of Bee­dle the Bard, hand­writ­ten and il­lus­trated by JK Rowl­ing. It is also the first of the orig­i­nal man­u­script pre­sen­ta­tion copies to be of­fered for sale at auc­tion. For­merly the prop­erty of Barry Cun­ning­ham, who ac­cepted the first Harry Pot­ter book for pub­li­ca­tion, its 155 pages con­tain 17 vi­gnette il­lus­tra­tions and are bound in an Ital­ian hand­made notebook with deckle-edged, cream-coloured leaves. The brown morocco bind­ing is em­bel­lished by Ed­in­burgh sil­ver­smith Hamil­ton and Inches with five hand- chased, hall­marked, ster­ling sil­ver or­na­ments and mounted rhodochrosite stones.

A Liao dy­nasty gilt-bronze fig­ure of Bud­dha Vairo­cana Auc­tioned by Christie’s in Paris for € 13.57 mil­lion ( RM64.25 mil­lion).

Praised for its qual­ity, rar­ity and the icono­graphic com­plex­ity of its su­perbly cast im­age of Vairo­cana – the Pri­mor­dial Bud­dha from whom all things em­anate – this was the star lot of the Art d’asie auc­tion. Pro­duc­ing the high­est re­sult for an Asian work of art to be sold by Christie’s France, the fig­ure dates back to the 11th cen­tury as one of the elite bronzes cast dur­ing the Liao dy­nasty. Its unique fea­ture is the il­lus­tra­tion of the five Tatha­gatas in Vairo­cana’s highly or­nate cylin­dri­cal crown.

Rolex Padel­lone triple cal­en­dar wrist­watch with moon­phases Auc­tioned by Phillips in Hong Kong for HK$ 7.88 mil­lion ( RM4.52 mil­lion).

Fondly dubbed Padel­lone (which trans­lates to ‘ large fry­ing pan’ in Ital­ian), Ref­er­ence 8171 is one of two ‘com­pli­cated’ mod­els that Rolex pro­duced. Fit­ted with a dark brown leather strap and con­tain­ing an 18- jewel au­to­matic move­ment, its im­mac­u­late stain­less steel case is gen­er­ously sized at 38mm, proudly dis­play­ing its orig­i­nal lines, curves and satin fin­ishes from 1950.

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