Jackie Chan to donate his antique wooden houses

February 14th, 2009 - 10:10 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

Jackie ChanJackie Chan, the Hong Kong super star is donating antique wooden houses from China worth more than $100 million. The structures, now placed in a warehouse in Hong Kong, are from the private collection of Jackie Chan.

Consisting of seven wooden housing structures and a performing stage originating from the Ming and Qing dynasties dating back more than 200 years.

The Chinese newspaper also reported Chan’s property manager Simon Kwan as saying that the popular star wanted the precious objects to be in safe-keeping.

Chan, 54, had originally approached the Hong Kong government about donating his collection but changed his mind when it did not respond quickly enough, the report said. He decided on Singapore because his collection would be of educational value to the students seeing it on campus.

Mr Kwan declined to go into details about the project when contacted by Life!. Mr Kwan, 52, who handles Chan’s property deals here, said there should be ‘no problem bringing these structures out of China’.

But he added that additional ‘paperwork on how to transport these structures and getting a local architect to put them together’ has to be done before anything can be finalised.

He also said that the collection, which has ’stones taller than a man, that hold the wooden structures together’, had been amassed by antique-lover Chan over nearly 20 years.

Chan’s collecting passion was influenced by his late father, who loved old Chinese wooden houses.

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