By ALEXANDER NEMEN, Associated PressA photo album that includes 1,799 photos from around Asia has been sold for $1.6 million at auction.
The album is a gift from Hong Kong-based collector and filmmaker Hong Yuen Hong, whose father died in the Second World War.
The Hong family, who live in Guangzhou, China, is a family who have been collecting Hong Kong stamps and coins for years.
Hong Yuens father, who died in 1918, had left his family a small amount of money for his daughter, who is now 20.
The Hong collection of stamps and coin images is among the largest of its kind in Asia.
Hong’s mother, the Hong family’s only surviving daughter, died in a car accident when Hong was 13.
Hong’s collection of Hong Kong coins and stamps spans nearly 1,000 years, according to a museum guide.
In a rare move, Hong bought the collection in 2003 for $5.2 million.
The auction ended Thursday, with the proceeds going to a foundation supporting the Hong families education fund.
A video showing the auction shows Hong standing on a stage as auctioneer Chris Pang bids $1 million on the auction.
Hong Yuen is a self-described collector who lives in Hong Kong and has visited the Hong Kong museum twice a year since 2007 to take photos of the collection.
He has sold the photos of his father and his mother to museums and auction houses around the globe.
Since 2007, he has been a consultant for the Hong-Hong Hong Kong Stamp and Coin Collection Association, a charity that works to preserve Hong Kong’s stamp and coin heritage.