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Hong Kong sees growing popularity in Himalayan art

  • 2017-10-06

According Sotheby, one of the world's largest auction house, there were 3 auctions with more than 60 pieces of Himalayan art held in 2016, making a total sale of $4.8 million (about HK$38 million), compared to only only 1 similar auction in 2012, with total sale of only $1.8 million (about HK$14.5million). Much of Himalayan art are paintings and sculptures composed of unique symbols and patterns from Buddhism, Hinduism and various tribal cultures. "There's  growing interest  in Himalayan art in  Hong Kong, Taiwan, and mainland China. But the largest growth is here in Hong Kong," said Fabio Rossi, the owner of Rossi & Rossi gallery. Founded in London, Rossi and Rossi has handled a lot of antiques and art from the Himalayan region, specifically from Tibet, Nepal, and Kashmir over  the past decades. Rossi brought over 30 pieces of Himalayan classical art and early textiles to Fine Art Asia this year. Those  include a bronze statue of Avalokitèshvara, a bodhisattva from Nepal in 13th-14th century, valued at about $3 million U.S. dollars (about HK$23.4 million). Fine Art Asia, a leading international annual art fair in Asia, features Himalayan art from more than seven top international galleries this year. Gan Ting, 30,  graduated from art school and is now works for an art investment company. Gan loves Tibetan culture and art work, especially thangka, a form of Tibetan Buddhist painting on cotton, silk appliqué, or human skin. "I like to look into different parts and details of thangka so I can get different meanings from them," said Gan. The price of thangka increased significantly these years, from a few thousands to a hundred thousands US dollars, Gan told us. "For example, I saw a  big piece of thangka selling for around $1.8 million U.S. dollars(about HK$14 million) and even a small …