The Asian market for collectibles looks set to see increased interest in the booming world of comic books, as Sotheby's exhibit of China's Old Master Q drawings sees record attendance.
The Hong Kong exhibit drew more collectors than expected, with over 5,000 queuing to see works by illustrator Alphonso Wong Kar-hei (pen name Wong Chak). A selling exhibition, all of the works offered have now been sold, ahead of the close on August 29.
The comic books, which sees a hapless character in traditional Chinese clothing providing commentary on Chinese culture, has been a regular fixture at newsstands since 1962.
The enthusiasm for the exhibit could see a wave of comic books sales in China. Comics produced in China have their own title (manhua) and stand apart from western comic books, with distinct graphic and content styles.
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