Widow in Yang Yin saga nearly lost her 200 paintings, now they may go on public display

The Straits Times gets an exclusive look inside the sprawling 31,882 sq ft estate at 2F Gerald Crescent. The property, which was almost swindled from a rich widow by ex-tour guide Yang Yin, is being put up for sale.
Madam Hedy Mok, the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, in the art gallery in the annex block of the Gerald Crescent property. Madam Chung's property at 2F, Gerald Crescent, sits on land about the size of half a football field, and has a 999-year lease t
Madam Hedy Mok, the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, in the art gallery in the annex block of the Gerald Crescent property. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
Madam Hedy Mok, the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, in the art gallery in the annex block of the Gerald Crescent property. Madam Chung's property at 2F, Gerald Crescent, sits on land about the size of half a football field, and has a 999-year lease t
Madam Chung's property at 2F, Gerald Crescent, sits on land about the size of half a football field, and has a 999-year lease that started in 1879. The compound houses two single-storey buildings - a main building and the annex.ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
Madam Hedy Mok, the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, in the art gallery in the annex block of the Gerald Crescent property. Madam Chung's property at 2F, Gerald Crescent, sits on land about the size of half a football field, and has a 999-year lease t
The ceiling panels in Yang Yin's former bedroom, next to Madam Chung's bedroom, have fallen off. Yang, who is serving a jail term of 11 years and two months after pleading guilty in August 2016 to misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO
Madam Hedy Mok, the niece of widow Chung Khin Chun, in the art gallery in the annex block of the Gerald Crescent property. Madam Chung's property at 2F, Gerald Crescent, sits on land about the size of half a football field, and has a 999-year lease t
The ceiling panels in Yang Yin's former bedroom, next to Madam Chung's bedroom, have fallen off. Yang (above), who is serving a jail term of 11 years and two months after pleading guilty in August 2016 to misappropriating $1.1 million from Madam Chung. ST PHOTOS: GAVIN FOO

Niece wants to donate some of rich widow's art collection, whose value is not known

Tour agency owner Hedy Mok wants to donate part of a collection of about 200 works of art belonging to her aunt, Madam Chung Khin Chun, 91, to the National Gallery.

The 64-year-old is the legal guardian of Madam Chung, a retired physiotherapist who came close to losing her $35 million bungalow and the paintings to convicted China tour guide Yang Yin in 2015.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 04, 2018, with the headline 'Paintings may go to National Gallery'. Print Edition | Subscribe