Cover Jonathan Crockett (Photography by Kenneth Tang)

The November 7 event was a stunning success, with its auction attracting generous bidding from its 360 guests

The M+ Gala Presented by Tatler, which took place at M+ museum on November 7, saw 360 of Hong Kong’s most influential personalities gather for an evening of visual culture, glamour and purpose.

A fundraising auction at the gala, led by Jonathan Crockett, Philips’ chairman, Asia, raised HK$17.5 million. Five lots were offered in the auction; the proceeds will go towards supporting M+’s mission to champion creativity, preserve visual culture for future generations and become a global hub for visual culture in Asia.

The first lot offered a two-day, one-night stay at Schloss Mauensee, the Swiss castle of Uli Sigg and Rita Sigg, as well as a private tour of the Jacques Herzog und Pierre de Meuron Kabinett, a charitable foundation comprising architecture, art and photography estates by the world-famous architectural firm Herzog & De Meuron, which designed M+.

The second lot is a four-day, three-night journey across Japan in exploration of the life of visionary artist Yayoi Kusama. Catered to four guests, the trip takes place across Tokyo; Matsumoto City, the birthplace of Kusama; Odawara; and Hakone. Doryun Chong, M+’s deputy director, curatorial and chief curator, M+, who co-curated the Yayoi Kusama: 1945 to Now exhibition opening in November at the museum, will lead the trip.

The third lot offers a private tour of the London studio of, and dinner with, the sculptor Antony Gormley, who is known for his 200,000 tiny clay figurines, on display until July 2022, in one of M+’s exhibition halls. The lot also offers a visit to the estate of an esteemed private collector in Newbury, England, whose identity is undisclosed.

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The fourth lot is a private visit to and cocktails inside the HSBC vault, a curated architectural and historical tour of the HSBC Main Building, and a private four-hands dinner by two chefs from Michelin-starred restaurants at the top of the HSBC building with the Victoria Harbour’s panoramic view.

The final lot is a 1985 Château Mouton Rothschild donated by former chief secretary for administration and ardent oenophile Henry Tang.

All proceeds will go towards M+’s future projects and its efforts in bringing globally renowned exhibitions to Asia.

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