Several World War II-era cultural relics from the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) will be auctioned in the city on Saturday, China News Service reported.
The items were gathered during the time of Japan’s occupation of Hong Kong in the 1940s.
From Dec. 25, 1941 to Aug. 15, 1945, Hong Kong was under Japanese military occupation. During that time, the occupation authorities forced the HKJC to move to Sham Shui Po and function only to serve and entertain Japanese soldiers and collaborators.
The auction gathers some items handed down from the period which now have cultural and historical value. The items include bet tickets, silver membership badges, receipts and match logs.
Even as Hong Kong faced extreme shortage of supplies of food, horses and metals during that period, the Japanese still insisted that horse racing events must be held in the city. The move was designed to send a message of “prosperity” under Japanese rule, according to Leung Tat-wing, director of coins and stamps department at the auction firm All Arts Auctioneers Ltd.
The items that will be auctioned are relatively rare, Leung said, noting that some of the items can’t be found even in the exhibits in the HKJC museum.
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