Friends buy back Anita's trophies at auction

Friends and fans of the late singer Anita Mui teamed up to buy her collection of records by her old flame Masahiko Kondo (above, with Mui) as well as her New Talent Singing Award from 1982.
Friends and fans of the late singer Anita Mui teamed up to buy her collection of records by her old flame Masahiko Kondo (above, with Mui) as well as her New Talent Singing Award from 1982.PHOTO: APPLE DAILY
Friends and fans of the late singer Anita Mui teamed up to buy her collection of records by her old flame Masahiko Kondo (with Mui) as well as her New Talent Singing Award (above) from 1982.
Friends and fans of the late singer Anita Mui teamed up to buy her collection of records by her old flame Masahiko Kondo (with Mui) as well as her New Talent Singing Award (above) from 1982.PHOTO: APPLE DAILY

HONG KONG • Stars Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam and Jackie Chan teamed up with their late friend Anita Mui's fans and bought about 400 lots at an online auction of her possessions, including her New Talent trophy for HK$1.55 million (S$280,000), said Apple Daily.

Determined to defend the singer's dignity and prevent the scattering of her items of commemorative value, the friends had not set upper limits on bids for her trophies, CDs, costumes, photograph albums and newspaper clippings.

They also bought her Norma Kamali bra set with the price tag still on it and her collection of her old flame Masahiko Kondo's vinyl discs and records, said the report.

The most intense bidding was for the New Talent Singing Award she won in 1982, which launched her career. At 5.47pm on Tuesday, the top offer for the trophy was HK$55,000, said the report. But in half an hour, the price soared to HK$1.55 million, the highest bid in the auction.

The Anita Mui International Fan Club said it had raised funds to vie for lots and bought the award on behalf of the Hong Kong Performing Artistes Guild, of which Tsang, Tam and Chan are honorary presidents.

Fan club president Selina So said: "We were helping the artistes guild make bids. The New Talent award was the most intense. I didn't think it would be so expensive."

The fan club used more than HK$2 million and bought back 42 awards, which will be handed to the artistes guild, she added.

The auction, Last But Not Least: Chattels Of Anita Mui Yim Fong, was launched by the administrator of her estate, HSBC Trustee, with proceeds to go to the living expenses of her mother. A sale was also held in 2013. Even her mother asked to stop the latest auction.

Led by Cheung - the husband of Mui's sworn sister May Lo - and Tsang, the friends were in talks with HSBC for a week, said Apple Daily, citing unnamed sources.

They had hoped HSBC would halt the sale. On Tuesday, HSBC said it could not cancel an auction that had already started.

The sale yielded more than HK$4 million, said the report. The top 10 lots were mostly her trophies. One Jade Solid Gold Award she won for Rouge, the theme song from her 1988 film of the same name, went for HK$220,000.

Another expensive lot was one of her costumes, a midriff top with capri pants, which went for HK$80,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2015, with the headline 'Friends buy back Anita's trophies at auction'. Print Edition | Subscribe