TEN MINUTES WITH… ALEXI FUNG

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The Reserve sits down with Alexi Fung to talk about job and passions as a managing director of Bonhams Hong Kong.

What excites you about your job?

Every auction is so different. There are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for ownership every time as we can never be sure what will come of auctioned-off pieces. The successful buyer might give it to a museum or hand it down to the next generation; the chance of acquiring the work may never come up again.

How did you get into the auction industry?

My passion is in art, particularly contemporary and Chinese art. I began my career in Tokyo ten years back at a Japanese auction house and relocated to Hong Kong three years ago. What would you say sets Bonhams apart from other auction houses? Flexibility and creativity. In May we opened a fantastic new gallery and auction space in Pacific Place. We also hold unique lots within unusual categories. Last August, for example, we held the largest sale of Japanese whisky in Asia.

What sort of auction are you most passionate about

I have a particular fondness for contemporary and Chinese art. I feel like contemporary art gives me a good sense of our status quo. With Chinese art, I get a lot of pleasure from something as simple as looking at a vase embedded with the culture and history of the Chinese people.

What has been your most memorable auction item to date?

The Feng Wen Tang Collection of Early Chinese Ceramics auction in October offered a very rare Guan-marked dingyao (see porcelain image, below) from the Northern Song Dynasty which had an estimate of HK$800,000 to HK$1.2 million. During our preview at the Bonhams Gallery there was high demand to privately view the work and I could sense great excitement from potential buyers. At auction there was a lot of fierce competition and the moment the hammer finally came down was thrilling. It sold to a lucky buyer for almost HK$8 million!

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