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A Christie’s Record for a Chinese Oil

A painting by Chinese artist Sanyu fetched a record HK$42.1 ($5.4 million) at a Hong Kong auction as bidders fought for lots, betting that the worst of Asia’s art-market slump is over. Of the 38 lots offered last week at Christie’s International’s top selection of Asian art, 34 sold, raising a combined HK$181.7 million, according [...]

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Google Opens up Brand Name Bidding

Beginning June 15, 2009, Google is relaxing its policy on use of trademarks in ad copy text. In the past, Google has restricted the use of brand names in ad text and was willing to take action to prevent it which allowed you to authorize specific resellers to use your brand while restricting the remainder [...]

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Beijing hosts China’s first fine French wine auction

From famous chateaux ranging from Lafite to Margaux and Mouton, wine lovers had a chance to bid for top French wine in Beijing on Friday at the first wine auction yet on the Chinese mainland. Around 1,000 bottles of fine wine from France’s renowned Bordeaux area were on auction with a starting price of several [...]

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Cullinan Blue Diamond Is Now “Star of Josephine”

The Hong Kong collector who bought Cullinan’s blue diamond has named it the ‘Star of Josephine’, Petra Diamonds said on Tuesday. The flawless cushion shaped diamond, weighing 7.03 carats was purchased by Hong Kong collector Joseph Lau Luen-Hung on 12 May. “Mr Lau bought the diamond for HK$74-million (US$9.48-million) and he has already exercised his [...]

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“The Magnetic Quatre” by Boucheron

Boucheron celebrates the launch of the movie “HOME”, for which its parent company PPR is the exclusive worldwide partner. Precious metals and gems are amongst the earth’s most precious gifts and on this occasion, the House has especially created “The Magnetic Quatre”, a unique combination of four golds. The amalgamation of different golds and textures [...]

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Rare blue diamond sells for record $9.5 million

A flawless blue diamond weighing 7.03 carats has sold for a record 10.5 million Swiss francs ($9.49 million), the highest price paid per carat for any gemstone at auction, Sotheby’s said. The rectangular-shaped blue stone, mounted on a platinum ring, is the rarest to enter the international market this year. The anonymous phone bidder, who [...]

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