Wednesday, February 20, 2008

"a large Mickey statuette in gold about the size of a 2 year old is 1.8 million dollars"

The Year of the Rat glows in gold:
February 7 ushered in the Year of the Rat in the Chinese lunar calendar. And in Hong Kong, which has the world's only jewelry store in a Disneyland park, gilt- and-gemstone mice are selling well.

Combining the local love of cartoon characters with the Asian respect for gold ornamentation, "gold and Mickey are very auspicious for the New Year," declared Emily Li Yin-ming, brand general manager for Chow Sang Sang, a top Hong Kong jewelry company and the official Disney licensee.

Despite the record price of gold, Li said, sales have been very strong for gold rat-theme accessories with Chinese good luck symbols (like the characters for "good fortune") as well as traditional symbolism. Says Li: "Mickey with diamonds for health, pink quartz for love."

The more elaborate pendants and rings sell for about 20,000 Hong Kong dollars, or $2,560, while a large Mickey statuette in gold about the size of a 2 year old is 1.8 million dollars.
The image show here is from the article, but I don't think it is the toddler-sized statue... Makes you wonder, hmm?

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