CHINGFON BANK Collection Auction – The Recurrence of the 25-year Dust-laden Treasure of the Former Cathay Museum
The auctions were successfully held on 26th and 30th June 2010. Yu Jen stood out from a number of local and international auction companies (including multi-national auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's) and won the government tender to auction the properties of CHINGFON BANK Collection, as part of the Financial Restructuring Fund campaign. The special auction had been carefully planned and executed by Yu Jen and attracted famous collectors and antique dealers from the Greater China, Europe and Americas. Widely reported by domestic and foreign media the auction had achieved the maximum effect. The scale of the auction has been the largest and the sale total the highest in Taiwan's auction history, achieving NT$ 819,040,000 of total sales. In particular the "Greenish Jade Imperial Dragon Seal" from Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period had initially been studied and researched by the National Palace Museum, Taipei who later decided to bypass it. However our extensive research later showed that the Imperial Seal was indeed used by Qianlong Emperor to stamp the paintings at the imperial palace. The Imperial Seal achieved a final price of NT$ 482,500,000, breaking the world-record in Imperial Seal sales and reached the 8th position in 2010 World Chinese Antique Ranking and 9th position in 2010 World Chinese Crafts Ranking. Other significant lots in this auction included "A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Sakyamuni on a Lotus Base, Ming Dynasty" and "A Gilt-Bronze Figure of Guanyu, Ming Dynasty" which achieved 4th and 10th positions respectively in 2010 World Chinese Buddhist Artifacts Ranking.
The Hidden Treasure of the Jen Bao Ge Auction
A special auction for the owner of Jen Bao Ge, a private British collector, was held in the autumn of 2010. The auction included ceramics, jade, gilt-bronze, bronze, enamel and others with 83 lots in total and all lots sold. In particular "A Carved White Jade Archaistic Vase and Cover Mark and Period of Qianlong" achieved a final price of NT$ 56,900,000 and "A Rare Gold Dragon Vase With Two Ruyi-Shaped Handles of Ming Dynasty, Jiajing Period" achieved NT$ 124,000,000 which also reached 6th position in 2010 World Chinese Bronze Sales Ranking.