Hong Kong and a £3.6 million pound cup

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First year student Rich Holmes had the opportunity to travel to Hong Kong last week to photograph the sale of a rare Ming china cup by auctioneers Lyon & Turnbull.

The Stem Cup, which dates back to 1425 – 1435, was found in storage at Staffordshire University in 2013. The cup was part of a collection of oriental ceramics donated to the University by London Chemist Ernest Thornhill in the 1940s to prevent damage from the Blitz in World War II. The cup sold for the amazing price of £3.6 million at auction. This money will fund a purpose built centre for ceramics at the University’s Stoke-on-Trent campus which will house the remainder of the 270 piece collection.

Rich’s photographs from the auction were featured widely across the media including the Daily Mirror and Daily Mail. We’re looking forward to seeing more of his photographs of Hong Kong and this fantastic adventure so check back here for more…