For those of you with Christmas shopping still to finish, the auction company China Guardian will soon be holding their 24th Quarterly Auction on December 18 – 20th in Beijing, China. The auction features splendid examples of fine Chinese art, including Painting and Calligraphy, Porcelain, Jade, and Furniture as well as separate collections of Moutai Liquor and Pu-erh tea.
Each lot of Pu-erh tea is photographed on the the China Guardian website. It is very interesting to spend a little time perusing these images and reviewing the pre-auction estimates for each lot of tea. I wonder who will purchase these beeng chas and tongs of tea and what will become of them? How many will be drunk among a select group of knowledgeable connoisseurs and how many will continue to reside untouched in a well-maintained collection?
To roughtly calculate the auction estimates in USA dollars, divide the amount listed in RMB by 8.
Please follow this link to view the Pu-erh auction listings: http://tinyurl.com/2dehxev