Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang lead bidding war for Anita Mui’s belongings

Stars save late singer’s items from under the hammer

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Hong Kong celebrities Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang, Alan Tam and Jackie Chan have secured about 400 items that used to belong to the late Cantopop diva Anita Mui from being auctioned off to other people.

The items included trophies, CDs, clothes, photo albums and newspaper clippings, and Anita’s collection of vinyl records from Masahiko Kondo, one of her former flames.

The New Talent Singing Award Anita won in 1982 sparked the fiercest bidding war: The starting bid was just HK$1,000 (approximately S$181) and the winning one was HK$1.55 million (approximately S$280,000).

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In the 13-day online auction entitled “Last But Not Least: Chattels Of Anita Mui Yim Fong,” about 3,100 of the late singer’s articles went under the hammer, which infuriated her close friends and fans.

The auction was organised by HSBC Trustee, the administrator of Anita’s estate, with proceeds going to the upkeep of her mother, Tam Mei-kam.

The Anita Mui International Fan Club was in charge of securing the singer’s award trophies, while her celebrity friends fought for her personal belongings, with no upper limit on the bids they entered.

Other trophies saved include those Anita won for the movies Rouge and Behind the Yellow Line.

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Selina So, president of the fan club, said her organisation spent more than HK$2 million (approximately S$360,000) on about 40 trophies, but they didn’t manage to win all the trophies put up for auction.

Even Anita’s mother had asked for this latest auction to be cancelled, and Jacky, Eric and other celebs had met with HSBC Trustee to discuss terminating the sale, but they were turned down.

Anita Mui died in 2003 at the age of 40 due to complications from cervical cancer. She launched her two-decade showbiz career in 1982 after winning the New Talent Singing Award.

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