Ancient Buddhas Stolen From Fozi Mountain In China

Around two dozen ancient Buddhas have been torn from a mountain side in Sichuan province. The ancient statues were carved into the side of a cliff on Fozi Mountain. So far, 13 officials have been pulled in for questioning following the thefts.

The Tang dynasty statues are among a large collection of more than 220 figures carved into the surface of a 30-metre tall cliff on Fozi Mountain.

Officials from the local cultural relics department discovered the thefts while on a routine patrol in January and alerted the police.

Read moreAncient Buddhas Stolen From Fozi Mountain In China

Imperial Huanghuali Table With A £1000 Estimate Sells For £278,000 In The UK

A small wooden Chinese altar table that went unnoticed in a family home for many years has sold at auction in the UK for more than 200 times its initial estimates of £1,000.

The table was bought bought by a Chinese mainland buyer in what the auctioneer described as a bidding war.

There was a lot of speculation flying around before the auction about the table with rumors abound that the table was actually an imperial piece made for a Chinese emperor who ruled during the 19th century.

Read moreImperial Huanghuali Table With A £1000 Estimate Sells For £278,000 In The UK

$41.6 Million – Most Expensive Chinese Porcelain Ever Sold

Genuine Chinese antiques frequently change hands for significant sums, especially imperial porcelain pieces. Collectors often scour trade fairs and private dealerships, hoping to find a new addition to showcase. It’s at auction that the serious business often unfolds, though.

Back in 2017, a collector placed a ceramic Ru Guanyao brush washer for sale by Sotheby’s Hong Kong. Dating back to the Northern Song dynasty (dated 907-1127, for the uninitiated), this lot sold for an eye-watering £27 million. That was a world record for an antique ceramic hailing from China – until now. In June 2021, a lot sold that shattered this record.

Read more$41.6 Million – Most Expensive Chinese Porcelain Ever Sold

Father-and-Son Stole Over £1.5m in Chinese Antiques from a 96-Year-Old Widow

Given the potential value of authentic Chinese antiques, it’s always a thrill to find such an item for sale at a boot sale or in an antique shop. Naturally, plenty of Asian decorative objects carry comparatively little financial value. Some can generate a significant windfall, though, as an unscrupulous father-and-son team of light-fingered gardeners discovered.

Read moreFather-and-Son Stole Over £1.5m in Chinese Antiques from a 96-Year-Old Widow