2008/5/26

A Poem Selling For $30,000


(by Madeleine Marie Slavick)

Here's an unlikely story: a poem selling for $30,000


Sichuan poet Zheng Danyi, who lives in Hong Kong now, held a poetry reading yesterday in aid of Oxfam Hong Kong's earthquake response.


He donated all the sales of his book, Wings of Summer, as well as a new poem he wrote in calligraphy, which the CEO of Sotheby's, Kevin Ching, bought at an impromptu auction for $30,000. The bidding started at $800.


The fundraiser was held at Kubrick bookstore in Yaumatei. They hold a monthly poetry gathering on the last Sunday of every month.


Exactly 100% of all income goes to Oxfam Hong Kong's work in the earthquake.




Danyi and Kevin Ching who has bought the calligraphy at $30,000.

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