Online Auction: 26 January–7 February 2023 • 12 PM HKT • Hong Kong | 網上拍賣:2023年1月26日–2月7日 • 下午 12:00 HKT • 香港

Mcdull – When love springs 26 January–7 February 2023 • 12:00 PM HKT • Hong Kong

W ith Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day just around the corner, what better time to warm your loved one’s heart with the cheerful McMug and McDull? This season, Sotheby’s Hong Kong Fine Chinese Paintings Department collaborates with Alice Mak and Brian Tse to bring back the iconic piglets, to shower us with love through their “Pork Art” in eighteen recent works. From the moment I’ve got a crush on you, I oink you as we are match made in heaven. In all ups and downs, all you need is love.

春回大地,風和日暖,新年、情人節快將來臨,在這個溫馨又幸福的時刻,又怎少得「春天滴化」麥嘜麥兜呢?今年,香港蘇富比中國書畫部和麥家碧、謝立文再度合作,帶來十八件從未經發表的近作。從麥嘜麥兜的視覺,發掘不同面貌的「愛」,在月台上、在輕舞中、在星空下,還是在晴在雨,以水彩、彩墨或油畫「代表我的心」,從「每次見到你,個心Pork Pork聲」到「執子豬手,與子偕老」,讓大家一起感受「愛蝸牛愛荷花愛薯仔最愛是你」的滿碗幸福。

McMug, McDull and the friends from Chun Tian Hua Hua Kindergarten are well-known characters in the Chinese community. Since the 1980s, these characters have made recurring appearances in “Ming Pao Children’s Weekly”, which came with every issue of “Ming Pao Weekly”. Over time, these publications garnered a significant adult following, with the first collection compiled adopting the title of “Fairy Tales for the Adults”, which draws on the idea of great men do not lose sight of their child-like hearts of purity and kindness. In the mid-1990s, stories of McMug and McDull, centred around daily life and current affairs, were published in the form of single or four-panel comic strips in “Ming Pao” and the “Hong Kong Economic Times”. These were later amassed into volumes such as “McMug Comic Strips”, “Sort-of Blue Sub-tropics” and “McDull – From Honey to BBQ Pork”.

In terms of merchandise, McMug and McDull have utilised local colloquial vernacular and humour to create a series of heartfelt cards, stimulating business through cultural means while simultaneously expanding readership.

The release of the film “My Life as McDull” in 2001 marked the transition from comics to animation. Featuring McDull as the main character, these cartoon films have repeatedly obtained awards at various film festivals, including the Grand Prix Award at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival, considered the Oscars of the animation world. Additionally, statues of both McDull and the “Prince de la Bun” have been installed on the Avenue of Stars and Hong Kong Avenue of Comic Stars.

McMug and McDull have also enthusiastically participated in the promotion of the arts. For example, “This is the Greatest Place! The Forbidden City and the World of Small Animals” and “Bowls of Happiness: Treasures from China and the Forbidden City” introduce ancient Chinese wooden architecture and the humanistic spirit of traditional auspicious designs, with their English translations receiving various children’s book awards. Additionally, for over a decade now, McDull and Hong Kong Sinfonietta have held multiple classical music concerts . In 2019, they even went so far as to making McDull the world’s first animated character to become an Artist Associate.


商品上,麥嘜麥兜運用本地口語、 幽默感創作了一系列心意咭,以文化開啓商業,亦藉着心意咭的傳遞,一再擴大了讀者群。

從漫畫到動畫,自2001年推出首部電影《麥兜故事》,以麥兜為主角的多部動畫長片,屢獲電影節大獎,包括被視為「動畫界奧斯卡」的Grand Prix Annecy。麥兜銅像及菠蘿油王子塑像,現分別置於電影星光大道及動漫星光大道。


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月亮組曲Moonlight Suites



The blue of a moonlit night only appears in your imagination.

‘If you are moved by the pale blue of a moonlit night, then let me kiss…your gentle brain.’

「最愛是你」Love you most


I love the wind, the water, and the snails. I love every little thing in life because I love you.

「幸福的碗」A bowl of happiness

A bowl of happiness published in 2010


A bowl of happiness is originally a children’s book in which McDull explains traditional auspicious symbols, drawing several examples from Dayazhai porcelain. Inspired by this, Alice Mak created two paintings of A bowl of happiness, with porcelain-inspired patterning and an antique sensibility. See how these two curious piglets breathe new life into the world of antiques.

每次見到你,個心Pork Pork聲You ring my belly


This is the largest McDull watercolour on paper to date. For sure, a bigger pork belly carries more love!

麥家碧@麥兜美術室,每次見到你,個心 PORK PORK 聲

Alice Mak @ McDull Artroom, You ring my belly

Estimate: 90,000 - 200,000 HKD

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「I’ve got a crush on you」

麥兜又一Pork Art巨獻,活潑鮮艷而微妙,是今期焦點之作。

Featuring twenty Mcdulls, this ‘Pork Art’ star lot is colourful yet subtle.

麥家碧@麥兜美術室,「I’ve got a crush on you」

Alice Mak @ McDull Artroom, I've got a crush on you

Estimate: 150,000 - 300,000 HKD

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我和我Me and I


Painted in undiluted colour ink, the four lovely pieces convey pure, intense emotions from innocent McDull.

噶蓋您I oink you


Based on the iconic McDull greeting cards series. Alice Mak’s favourite combination of watercolour, pastel, and ink create a gentle yet profound ambience.

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