via ABS-CBN, 03 December 2018 and other sources: A series of historically-significant Philippine documents were sold at auction over the weekend, despite government attempts to halt the sale.
Source: ABS-CBN 20181203
It must be recalled that in the days leading up to the auction, these historical documents have become cause célèbre, the fodder of social media debates and heated online posts, with the National Historical Commission (NHC) attempting to block the sale, but to little avail.
“A lot of history here,” Brian says as he begins his introductory, warm-up spiel. “You know about them; I’m sure you’ve read about it; you probably learned about it in school.”
Eventually, Lot 117 would hammer at 160,000 from a starting bid of 50K; Lot 118 would hammer at 450,000 from a starting bid of 50K; Lot 119 at 3.8 million from a starting bid of 1 million; Lot 120 at 4.2 million from a starting bid of 1 million; Lot 121 at 900,000 from a starting bid of 50K; and finally, Lot 122 at 3.2 million from a starting bid of 500K.
Source: Ringside at the auction: how the contested Bonifacio documents were sold | ABS-CBN News
A 15th century Vietnamese bell, which may have been originally from Hue, is being auctioned this weekend in Paris.
Vietnamese bell on auction. Source: Viet Nam Net 20150605
Antique Vietnamese bell to be auctioned in Paris
Viet Nam Net, 05 June 2015
An ancient Vietnamese bell will be auctioned in Paris on June 7 and 8.
Philippe Rouillac, founder of the Rouillac Auction Company, said the bell was made and used in Viet Nam between 1405 and 1585. Some historic materials provided by Vietnamese French collector Gerard Chapuis said the bell was a unique and valuable antique.
The bronze bell is decorated with two dragons and other patterns. It measures 108cm in height and 126cm in diameter. Many experts said the bell was kept at Long An Palace in Hue Royal Citadel.
Full story here.
The Hue Relic Preservation Center is seeking the return of Nguyen Dynasty artefacts that were sold at an auction earlier this month.
Nguyen Dynasty Bed. Source: Thanh Nien News 20140625
Vietnam urged to take back royal treasures from France
Thanh Nien News, 25 June 2014
A carved stone step from Sri Lanka that was used as a doorstep by a family in Exeter turns out to be a rare Buddhist temple step from Anuradhapura and has gone for over £500,000 at an auction.
Temple step from Sri Lanka, Daily Mail 2013042
1,300-year-old Buddhist temple stone used by family as a doorstep sells for £500,000 at auction after BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and Sotheby’s turned it away
Daily Mail, 23 April 2013
As interests over the shipwreck off Quang Ngai Province intensifies, this feature discusses the profits to be made from the commercial salvage and sale from shipwrecks in Vietnam, but does little to discuss the academic and archaeological benefits of such salvage.
Antiques collected from a sunken ship in Binh Chau commune, Quang Ngai province, Vietnam Net 20120927
Overseas auctions of Vietnam’s antiques: good and bad
Vietnam Net, 27 Sep 2012
The Koh Ker Warrior that was to be auctioned by Sotheby’s was once again in the news last week when US officials moved to seize the statue from the auction house, alleging that Sotheby’s knew that the statue was looted. A court appeal has ruled a stay on the seizure, but the arguments will be heard again before a judge on Thursday.
Officials Are Set to Seize Antiquity
New York Times, 04 April 2012
US seeks to return Khmer statue to Cambodia
AFP, via Channel NewsAsia, 05 April 2012
Sotheby’s sued for return of 10th century Cambodian statue
The Telegraph, 05 April 2012
Sotheby’s Retains Custody of Cambodian Statue
The New York Times, 05 April 2012
Looks like Sotheby’s is trying to perform some damage control, now that the story has broken about failed auction of the statue from Koh Ker.
Sotheby’s Trying to Resolve Cambodia Relic Dispute
AP, via Jakarta Globe, 01 March 2012
A Khmer statue, believed to be looted from Koh Ker, is in the centre of a tussle at a Sotheby’s auction. The Cambodian government is now working to recover it.
Mythic Warrior Is Held Captive in an International Art Conflict
The New York Times, 28 February 2012
This article in the Vietnamese press highlights a vulnerability in the country’s legislation to pursue Vietnamese antiquities that are auctioned abroad.
Retrieving local antiques from abroad is impossible
Vietnam Net Bridge, 24 May 2011
This Jakarta Post article reflects on last week’s failed auction and the current difficulties of keeping and maintaining the collection from the Cirebon Shiwreck.
Can a nation afford its own treasure?
Jakarta Post, 11 May 2010