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Exhibits up for auction

EXHIBITS from the 2010 World Expo are going under the hammer to help local charities.

More than 200,000 yuan (US$28,570) was raised yesterday at an auction of exhibits from the Pavilion of Public Participation.

Afterwards, the auction of items continued online.

Cash raised will be used to improve facilities at local senior homes and schools for migrant workers' children, said the Shanghai Charity Foundation.

Yesterday, 12 pieces of work from folklore artists, including stitch works, Chinese paintings and carvings, were auctioned.

The most popular lot was a seal made of Hetian jade, which was sold for 100,000 yuan. Carved with the Expo logo, the seal weighs 2 kilograms and stands 8.6 centimeters high.

It is decorated with traditional Chinese symbols, including dragons, phoenixes, turtles and kylins - a Chinese unicorn.

Other lots, such as a cross-stitch scroll detailing the night landscape on the city's Nanjing Road E., also proved popular among bidders. At the auction, it was commented that although the piece was rendered in a simple style, the level of craftsmanship gave it great vitality.

"This is the first time that Expo exhibits have gone to a charity auction," said Ni Bing, director of the pavilion.

"The artists and ourselves want to do something to help wider society."

He said that more exhibits are expected to be added to the auction in the future.

People who are interested in the Expo charity auction can go to the official website of the Shanghai International Auction Co Ltd, at, for details.

Details of another 80 exhibits up for auction are listed on the website. Only a Chinese version is available.

Pavilion officials said the works are still on display in the pavilion, and that bidders can collect them after the Expo.

The charity foundation said earlier that some foreign pavilions are donating exhibits and office equipment to help needy people in Shanghai.


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