This weekend, Spink China's Hong Kong offices sold the
historically important Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun,
attributed to Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek. It sold for an
astounding HK$ 8,640,000.
Above: Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's Order of the Blue Sky
and White Sun, the central medallion portraying the Chinese Sun on
a blue background surrounded by a band of gold, the reverse
officially numbered in Chinese characters "Special One".
The Order of the Blue Sky and White Sun was instituted on May
11, 1929 as an award of valour to members of the Chinese Armed
Forces in times of War, and comes in one class. Generalissimo
Chiang Kai-shek's badge, awarded to him in 1930, is unique in that
the reverse bears the inscription "Special One" instead of the
usual sequential serial number. He was often seen and photographed
with it on, regarded as one of his favourite medals.
The Collector's Series Sale on the 6th of July in
Hong Kong saw over 700 diverse and remarkable items go under the
hammer. Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's badge was the first lot of
the day. With a flurry of interest from bidders in the room, on the
phone and online, it exceeded its presale estimate of HK$
Commenting on Spink China's mounting success, Spink & Son's
Chairman and CEO Olivier D. Stocker said, "these strong results
show the continued demand for the finest collectables. The Chinese
collectables market is thriving and is here to stay."
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