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Motorboats, sailboats go under the hammer

The first auction of Expo memorabilia and props was held in Shanghai on Wednesday, achieving total sales of 1.6 million yuan ($240,000), 1.3 million yuan higher than estimated.

Items under the hammer included three motorboats and 10 sailboats rigged with flags of Expo 2010 Shanghai, which all appeared in the opening ceremony of the event on April 30.

The first auction of Expo memorabilia and props is held in Shanghai on Wednesday. [Gao Erqiang / China Daily]

A total of 33 people, including 14 registered and online bidders, participated in the auction, along with 15 enterprises from Suzhou, Wenzhou, Nanjing and Shanghai, according to Fan Ganping, vice-president of the Shanghai International Commodity Auction Company, the Expo's official auction partner.

The first item sold was a motorboat catalogued as D001, which had a starting price of 80,000 yuan. After successive rounds of bidding, it was finally sold for 160,000 yuan to Su Shouliang, the president of a local gardens and park company.

Su also placed the winning bid for the second item in the auction, a sailboat that sold for 280,500 yuan, almost 35 times its starting price of 8,000 yuan.

"Our company was responsible for the landscape park on the roof of the China Pavilion, which is why I feel attached to the Expo," Su said.

"I was the first bidder to register for the auction and arrived determined to take home the boats.

"As our company has several restaurants in Shanghai's suburban areas such as Fengxian. I would like to display the boats there."

Huang Jianzhi, deputy director of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, said the proceeds of the auction far exceeded his expectations.

He said there would be a number of other items available for auction when the Expo ends in October.

In the meantime, a second auction is due to be held in September.

Source: China Daily

Editor: Xu Xinlei



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The World Expo is a large-scale, global, non-commercial Expo. The hosting of the World Expo must be applied for by a country and approved by the international World Expo committee.

The name of the mascot of World Expo 2010 Shanghai China is Hai Bao, which means the treasure of the sea.

The emblem, depicting the image of three people-you, me, him/her holding hands together, symbolizes the big family of mankind.

The theme of Expo 2010 is "Better City, Better Life," representing the common wish of the whole humankind for a better living in future urban environments.


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