Jehan Chu is one of the smoothest auctioneers in Hong Kong, renowned for keeping his cool as bidding wars erupt around him. But he’s the first to admit that it’s not always easy. “My first real auction was a baseball memorabilia auction in London where I was warmly corrected by the audience several times for stating prices in US dollars rather than British pounds,” Chu recalls with a smile. “Auctions going wrong are never fun for the auctioneer.”
Thankfully, when Chu’s in control, auctions rarely go amiss. His auctioneering skills can be seen at charity events around the city and this weekend will be on display at the Ambassadors' Ball 2017, which is always a highlight on Hong Kong’s society calendar.
On top of successfully hosting auctions for the Ambassadors of Design, Chu is also the co-founder and director of the Design Trust, an initiative of the charity that supports young creatives in Hong Kong and around the Pearl River Delta region. Reflecting on previous Ambassadors' Balls, one moment sticks out in Chu’s memory. “My best moment with the Ambassadors of Design was surely co-auctioneering with the now-Chief Executive Carrie Lam at the ball in 2016,” Chu says. “It was her first time auctioneering and, as I expected, she was a pro. Mrs. Lam has been a staunch supporter of Design Trust's mission and she was even kind enough to host our launch at her home back in 2014.”
Featuring artworks donated by the city’s leading galleries and objects, gadgets and furniture by some of the world’s top designers, this year’s auction is set to be better than ever. Click the gallery below to preview five of the top lots:
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