I LOVE IT WHEN SOMETHING SMALL AND LIGHT AND PORTABLE (JUST SLIP IT INSIDE YOUR WALLET, POCKET OR BRA WHEN IT IS TIME TO FLEE) COMES ON SALE FOR MILLIONS OF RINGGIT.
Now, there is a rare (of course!) 'Blue Sky and White Sun' medal given to General Chiang Kai Shek, together with Sun Yat Sen, was one of the most famous and powerful men in China during the first half of the 20th century.
This unique medal is expected to fetch RM 1.5 to RM 2.5 million!
It reads 'Special One' instead of a number so it is even rarer!
This blue and white medal belonged to Chiang Kai Shek who is seen wearing it in this photo.
Spink will auction this medal on 24August 2012 in Hong Kong so if your chest is in sore need of a decoration of historic importance, get this medal!
A Unique Medal “Order of Blue Sky and White Sun”
Awarded to Chiang Kai-shek
On offer at Spink’s Hong Kong Auction in August
**Appearing for the First Time at Auction**
Estimated at HK$3-5 Million
Spink is pleased to announce its upcoming Collector’s Series auction in Hong Kong to be held on 24 August 2012. Leading the sale is a unique and magnificent medal “Order of Blue Sky and White Sun” awarded to Chiang Kai-shek in 1930, estimated at HK$3-5 million.
It is the first time this precious medal in exceptional condition has ever appeared at auction and is expected to generate enormous interest amongst collectors.
According to a book on this medal written by respected collector and scholar Chuk Hong Ming, the “Order of Blue Sky and White Sun” was instituted in 1929 after the Nationalist government was established in Nanking (Nanjing).
It was the highest military decoration awarded to any military personnel for their distinguished achievements in defending the country against the enemy. It hence signified the supreme glory and gallantry of the awardee.
Chiang Kai-shek, then head of state of the Chinese Nationalist government and generalissimo of all Chinese Nationalist forces, was awarded this medal in 1930. According to Chuk, this was one of his most favourite medals that he often wore alongside the “Order of Brilliant Jade with Grand Cordon”, a medal presented exclusively to the head of the state.
Of particular note, this medal on offer, bearing the characters “Special One” instead of the usual numbering, is unique as evidenced by the well-known photograph of Chiang Kai-shek wearing the flipped over medal revealing the characters.
This Collector’s Series auction will also present an array of superb stamps and covers, banknotes, bonds and share certificates. Public viewing will be held from 22 to 23 August (10 am-6 pm) at Spink, 9/F, 50 Gloucester Road, Hong Kong.
Spink will also hold a sale of rare coins in Hong Kong on 21 August.
Enquiries: +852 2530 0100 (firstname.lastname@example.org/ www.spink.com).
Spink is the world’s leading auctioneer of coins, stamps, medals, banknotes, autographs, bonds and share certificates. Since its foundation in 1666, the Spink name has become synonymous with tradition, experience and integrity. Holder of royal warrants and numerous records for prices achieved at auction, Spink offers an unparalleled range of services to collectors worldwide.
Spink is headquartered in London and holds over 70 auctions a year around the globe. All catalogues are available on our website and through our Spink App for iPhone and iPad, and all auctions are broadcast live on our SpinkLive system.
# # #