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Sotheby’s, HomeArt and Hong Kong Olympic Fans Club Present OLYMPIC DREAMS CHARITY AUCTION

Hong Kong

Sale Proceeds to Benefit SF&OC Sports Legacy Scheme
In Support of Local Underprivileged Students and Retired / Planning to Retire Athletes


A New Series of Commissioned Paintings by Peter McDonald Inspired by Hong Kong Olympic Achievements

Works by Damien Hirst, Zeng Fanzhi, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Simon Birch, Mak Ying Tung, Cheung Tsz Hin and Others

Treasured Memorabilia from the Hong Kong Olympic Athletes

Live Auction: 22 December 2021

Auction Preview: 17 – 21 December 2021

Sotheby’s Hong Kong Gallery (5/F, One Pacific Place, Admiralty)

Hong Kong, 25 November 2021                  This December, Sotheby’s, together with HomeArt and Sports Federation & Olympic Committee of Hong Kong, China (SF&OC) and Hong Kong Olympic Fans Club (HKOFC), will present Olympic Dreams, a charity auction to benefit the SF&OC Sports Legacy Scheme which supports local underprivileged students, and retired or planning to retire athletes to pursue their dreams in sports.

To be held on 22 December, the auction offers over 30 lots donated by artists, collectors, galleries, as well as sporting memorabilia donated by Hong Kong Olympic athletes. Works on offer include a new series of paintings by Peter McDonald commissioned for the event by HomeArt and themed around the Tokyo Olympics, as well as works by Damian Hirst, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Zeng Fanzhi, Simon Birch, Mak Ying-Tung, Cheung Tsz-Hin, among others. Additional highlights include autographed items donated by our Event Ambassadors: a signed foil from fencer Edgar Cheung Ka-Long and a signed artwork by epee fencer Vivian Kong Man-Wai. Also adding to the list is a signed T-Shirt from the Olympic China Diving Team.

Kevin Ching, Executive Chairman of Sotheby’s Asia, expresses, “Sport and Art may appear to be two very different disciplines, but they also share great similarities in nature. As a sportsman or as an artist, they share perseverance, strength and motivation in striving for the best. Sotheby’s is honoured to be the auctioneer for this charity auction, the proceeds will go to support the retired athletes and local students. In this auction, we are witnessing yet another example of how art can be used to promote the sporting culture and values, and how the two can be so meaningfully entwined. Here, we must thank the HomeArt, SF&OC, HKOFC and Sports Legacy Scheme for giving Sotheby’s the opportunity to be part of this wonderful project.”

Rosaline Wong, Founder of HomeArt, states, “Like every Hong Kong citizen, I am deeply touched and so extremely proud of our athletes in winning six medals at the Tokyo Olympics. At the same time, I am also wondering whether enough training and career opportunities in sports are being made available to the underprivileged youths in Hong Kong. I am therefore very excited to be a sponsor for this charity event, to raise funds for the promotion of sports for the underprivileged. I would like to thank SF&OC, HKOFC, Sports Legacy Scheme and Sotheby’s as well as all the donors in making all this possible.”

Kenneth Fok, JP, Chairman of Hong Kong Olympic Fans Club, states, “The lots offered at this auction include original artworks donated by artists and sports memorabilia, artworks, and pictures donated by athletes, with each respective lot holding special meaning and value. We hope that everyone will take this opportunity to learn about the experiences and stories behind these objects and feel the Olympic spirit. I would very much like to thank Sotheby’s, the artists, the athletic associations, the coaches, and the athletes for their generous support of this philanthropic project.”

A New Series of Paintings by Peter McDonald Inspired by Hong Kong Olympic Achievements

Inspired by the achievements of the Hong Kong athletes at the Tokyo Olympics, Peter McDonald created a new series of nine acrylic works centred around the champions and of their winning categories including fencing, swimming, table tennis, track cycling and karate, all of which portray the energy on the playing field. Among the series there is a painting depicting the podium, capturing the celebratory moment when the winning athletes were given their medals.

(From left, clockwise) Peter McDonald’s Swimming Team Relay (est. HK$160,000 – 260,000); Kata (Tokyo 2020) (est. HK$30,000 – 50,000); Podium (est. HK$80,000 – 150,000); Team Table Tennis (Tokyo 2020) (est. HK$180,000 – 280,000); Cycling (Tokyo 2020) (est. HK$30,000 – 50,000); Fencing (est. HK$160,000 – 260,000)

Treasured Memorabilia from Hong Kong Olympic Athletes

(From left, top to bottom) Drawing and Photograph Signed by Vivian Kong Man-Wai (est. HK$40,000 – 60,000); Table Tennis Racket Signed by Doo Hoi-Kem, Minnie Soo Wai-Yam, Lee Ho-Ching, Li Ching and Ko Lai-Chak, and Photograph Signed by Doo Hoi-Kem, Minnie Soo Wai-Yam and Lee Ho-Ching (est. HK$40,000 – 60,000); Cycling Gloves and Photograph Signed by Sarah Lee Wai-Sze (est. HK$40,000 – 60,000); Foil and Photograph Signed by Edgar Cheung Ka-Long (est. HK$100,000 – 150,000)

Additional Highlights

(From left) Allen Jones, The Blue Gymnast (est. HK$400,000 – 600,000); Zeng Fanzhi, Untitled (est. HK$600,000 – 800,000); Petrus 1970 (1 DM) (est. HK$100,000 – 140,000); Jacob & Co, Limited Edition Gilt Brass and Gem Set Hourglass Desk Clock (est. HK$120,000 – 200,000)

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