Art makes valuable impression

13:09, May 24, 2010      

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The Chinese flag billows outside Sotheby's New York headquarters. Chinese mainland buyers are having a dramatic affect on the Western art market. Wherever the auctioneers have a sale of Chinese art, whether in New York, Paris or London, the rooms are becoming packed with people from China.(Source: China Daily) Kevin Ching, chief executive officer for Sotheby's in Asia, believes Chinese mainland buyers are having a dramatic effect on the Western art market.

This was symbolized last month when the international auctioneers hoisted the Chinese flag outside its New York headquarters.

"The Chinese mainland buyers just used to go mainly to Hong Kong for auctions but now they are traveling all over the world," he said.

Ching, a 53-year-old Hong Kong Chinese was speaking in Sotheby's offices in New Bond Street in London just a day after the Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art sale, where the saleroom was packed with people from the Chinese mainland.

"We had our Chinese sale here yesterday (May 12) and the room was full of people from Asia, especially China. Wherever you go now - London, New York or Paris - when you have a sale of Chinese art, the room will be packed with people from China," he said.

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