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Missing painting sold in HK for $4.7 million may have gone out with the trash

Published on Apr 9, 2014 3:07 PM

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A painting that was auctioned for HK$28.8 million (S$4.7 million) two days ago has gone missing, the police said, with media reports on Wednesday suggesting cleaners may have inadvertently thrown the artwork out.

The 2012 painting Snowy Mountain, by Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo, was reported missing by Chinese auctioneers Poly Auction on Tuesday afternoon after the auction on Monday, police told Reuters.

Ming Pao newspaper reported that police had checked CCTV footage at the Grand Hyatt hotel, where the auction took place, which showed cleaners removing the painting. That raised fears that the painting had been sent out with the garbage to the city's landfill.

Poly Auction Hong Kong was not immediately available for comment. The police could not confirm the media report about the painting being thrown out.

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