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Michael and Kathleen Yeo (seated, left to right) show pieces from their collection, in conjunction with Sotheby’s, Manhattan, in New York on Friday, October 19, 2018. (James Keivom/Epoch Times)

In one wall are prints of the Venice Biennale and from the side room on another wall, a twist on Jesus in his mother’s womb. In another, years later, an Asian woman watches the sky through binoculars and with the help of a telescope sees herself and her daughter in the moonlight, also holding a camera.

The purpose is not to explore what the art has to say about anything but to allow a rare exposure to one of the world’s most seemingly remote art markets.

The Laguna Gallery’s parent company, Sotheby’s, is holding an auction on Thursday on its first-ever visit to the Asian Art Department’s tiny new Hong Kong offices, to sell rare Chinese porcelain, hammered down for at least $12 million.

The Chinese version of Cloud Gate, the iconic sculpture by a Taiwanese artist at the New York site, was snapped up on Friday night by an unnamed private collector at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for $2.1 million, setting a record price for a Chinese vase, the auction house said.

The footage above is from a CNN World exclusive.

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