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Sotheby's Hong Kong offers the earliest existing Old Master Q cover artwork
Joseph Wong Portrait. Courtesy Sotheby's.

HONG KONG.- This August, Old Master Q, an enduring icon which encapsulates the collective memory of Hong Kong and the Chinese diaspora, returns once again to Sotheby’s. Entitled Old Master Q 2.0, the selling exhibition is yet another collaboration between Sotheby’s and Old Master Q, following the hugely successful 2014 exhibition of Mr. Alphonso Wong’s original works. The exhibition will take place at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Sl2 Gallery throughout 10 – 25 August 2018, and will be the final public selling exhibition of the late artist.

Old Master Q 2.0 will exhibit original works by the father-and-son duo, including Mr. Alphonso Wong’s early colour covers and comic strips in four- and six-frame formats, as well as acrylic paintings by Professor Joseph Wong, whose playful and contemporary interpretation of Old Master Q characters vests a unique life energy into this quintessential cultural icon of Hong Kong. The star lot of the exhibition -- the earliest existing Old Master Q cover artwork, Rock’n Roll -- is being offered at an online auction from 1 – 17 August. This is the first time for Sotheby’s Hong Kong to combine its online and offline platforms, offering collectors an enhanced purchasing experience.

Jonathan Wong, Gallery Director, states: ‘We now approach the ten-year mark since Old Master Q and Sotheby’s first collaboration, when we auctioned Mr. Alphonso Wong’s original artworks in April 2008. This paved the way for the highly popular selling exhibition staged at Sotheby’s Gallery six years later, which sold out almost as soon as it had opened and became the talk of the town. This summer, Sotheby’s is delighted to partner with Old Master Q once again as we host Alphonso’s final public selling exhibition. We are fortunate enough to present the earliest existing Old Master Q cover artwork on our online auction platform, allowing participation from collectors and fans around the world. Through Old Master Q 2.0, we hope to express our sincerest tribute to Mr. Alphonso Wong, and to share with the audience the nostalgia of old Hong Kong.’

Professor Joseph Wong expresses: ‘While it has now been over a year since my father’s passing, Old Master Q maintains a strong hold over the hearts of its readers. To meet the strong collecting demand of Old Master Q artworks, I am thrilled to be working once again with our long-time partner, Sotheby’s, in presenting my late father’s final selling exhibition. I will also be offering my prized Old Master Q - Rock’n Roll original artwork, which is the cover of the second issue and the earliest original cover artwork extant, since the cover of the first issue is now irrecoverable. It is my honour to also bring to the exhibition my acrylic paintings series -- The Implications, to commemorate the great achievements of my father.”

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