HONG KONG: Police searched for a valuable painting mistakenly dumped in a landfill after it sold for US$3.7mil (RM11.9mil) at an auction, reports said.
“Snowy Mountain” by Chinese artist Cui Ruzhuo, which was a main feature of the spring auction by Beijing-based Poly Culture this week, was dumped by cleaners at the luxury hotel hosting the sale, the South China Morning Post said.
Grand Hyatt hotel cleaners were suspected of dumping the painting, which sold on Monday for more than HK$28.75mil (RM11.9mil), along with rubbish that was taken to a landfill, the paper said, citing an unnamed police source.
Police suspected the painting was thrown out by cleaners after viewing security camera images but would not rule out the possibility of it having been stolen, media reported.
Police said a theft case was reported on Tuesday by an auction house staff member regarding a painting. — AFP