Trouble in the streets could disrupt a big series of art and collectible auctions in Hong Kong over the next few weeks.
Christie's and Sotheby's are scheduled to hold at least 17 auctions in Hong Kong in the coming weeks, selling everything from diamonds and watches to wine, porcelain and contemporary art. The sales are part of the city's highly anticipated fall auctions and were expected to once again solidify Hong Kong's place as a new global auction hub.
Yet the growing street protests could unnerve possible buyers and possibly even force the auction houses to change the events.
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Thousands of rich collectors from Asia, China and other countries were expected to descend on the city in October and November for the big auction weeks and spend hundreds of millions of dollars and mingle with dealers, advisors and sellers at the Hong Kong Convention And Exhibition Center and other locations.
During the spring sales, Christie's and Sotheby's sold more than $800 million combined.