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Dad who sold treasures to save daughter's life gets compensation

A FATHER who had 20 pieces of his calligraphy collection auctioned to save his daughter's life has won 100,000 yuan (US$15,645) in compensation today against a Shanghai auction company which claimed his treasures were fake and sold them for 2,000 yuan.
The Songjiang District People's Court ruled that the auction company, whose name remains undisclosed, must pay the reserve price for the 20 objects according to the contract after the company said it couldn't return the collection to the plaintiff, a man surnamed Zhao.
Zhao said he entrusted the auction company to sell 20 calligraphy works and paintings in September, 2010 after his daughter was diagnosed with cerebrovascular disease.
According to the contract, the total reserve price for the 20 objects should be no less than 100,000 yuan and the auction company charged a commission fee of 10 percent of the auction price.
Zhao said the auction company didn't organize an auction until April last year and what surprised him most was that his treasures were sold for only 2,000 yuan.
When Zhao finally filed a lawsuit in July, 2011, the auction company had already moved its office and it took Zhao about four months to find the company's new office.
The auction company argued Zhao's collections were fakes and said there was no reserve price.
The court ruled in Zhao's favor as the company failed to provide a contract copy and evidence that could prove Zhao's collection were fake.


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