Mao 'fanatic' collector loses mass of treasures

Top News | Erin Chan 17 Sep 2020

Renowned mainland collector Fu Chun-xiao is claimed to have had HK$4 billion worth of collectibles stolen from a Yau Ma Tei apartment he owns.

Among items reported stolen are a two-meter poster with original calligraphy by Mao Zedong, a collection of old postage stamps and various material from the Cultural Revolution.

The burglary at Fu's 10th-floor flat in Nathan Apartments on Nathan Road was discovered last Thursday when a security guard found the iron gate and wooden door to the apartment open.

The security guard then called police as there were signs of ransacking.

Police managed to reach Fu - currently living in the mainland - and he called a daughter to assist investigating officers.

It is understood Fu splits his time between Hong Kong and the mainland.

He is thought to have owned the apartment for at least 10 years and relatives often visited when he was staying there.

Fu said it was sad and painful to have lost so many treasures - which he valued at around HK$4 billion - and all he could do was hope police traced the thieves.

Born in Sichuan, Fu is vice president of China Cultural Relic Conservation Association and a member of the Hong Kong Philatelic Society.

He has also edited magazines including Guangzhou Philately and China Philately.

Described as being a fanatic when it came to Mao's calligraphy, Fu also organized an exhibition of Mao stamps in Hong Kong in 2018, which included 200 rarities from his own collection.

He held an exhibition of his Soviet collectibles in Jiangxi province in November, which featured a variety of stamps.

The security guard at Nathan Apartments said the last time he saw Fu was before the Lunar New Year.

He also said he was not surprised by the burglary at it is in a busy block in a crowded area.

Yau Tsim Mong district councillor Chu Tsz-lok, whose office is in the building, said there have been many burglaries there.

A police spokesman said officers had been called to the apartment last Thursday night after a report of a burglary.

"Officers found some calligraphy and stamps were missing," he added. "The quantity and value are to be ascertained."

The case has been classified as burglary and is being investigated by the Yau Tsim District Crime Unit.

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