HK$4 billion worth of artworks and stamps including original calligraphy by Mao Zedong stolen from Nathan Apartments (Updated: 6.24pm)

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16th September 2020 – (Hong Kong) A burglary occurred in a unit at Nathan Apartments in Yau Ma Tei at 4pm last Friday (11th). The security guards of the building discovered that the iron gate and wooden door of a unit had been pried open, and there were traces of looting inside, so they called the police for help.

After an investigation by the police, the owner the unit reported that an art collection worth 4 billion Hong Kong dollars was stolen, including original calligraphy, manuscripts, a large number of antiques and stamps of the late CCP leader Mao Zedong. It is reported that the owner of the stolen items was the famous stamp collector Fu Chunxiao.

As of yesterday (15th), the victim’s daughter went to the site to count the losses. The lost property was worth about HK$4 billion, including the original calligraphy, manuscripts, a large number of antiques and stamps of the late CCP leader Mao Zedong. One of the poems written by Mao Zedong, 2 meters long, was worth HK$2 billion. A screwdriver and a stylus were also found inside the house. The police checked the closed-circuit television and found that on the day of the incident, three Chinese men aged about 30 had entered the building. They were suspected to be related to the case. The case was classified as a burglary case and was handed over to the Criminal Investigation Team of Yau Tsim Police District. The police are now hunting for the three suspects.

According to sources, Fu Chunxiao is a native of Sichuan. He was the editor-in-chief of “Guangzhou Philately” magazine and “Chinese Philatelic Magazine” in Hong Kong. He is now a member of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society. The stamp exhibition organized by the Hong Kong Philatelic Society two years ago exhibited a large number of rare domestic and foreign philatelic products, including more than 200 philatelic products and letters related to Mao Zedong, all of which were collected by Fu Chunxiao. He expressed his respect for Mao Zedong. Therefore, he collected many of his works and manuscripts.

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