Tragic Phoenix goes up for auction
The double-decker cruise boat Phoenix, which sank off Phuket last July killing 47 Chinese tourists, is among 48 items that the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) will auction off on Wednesday at its head office in Bangkok.
Many of the dead were retrieved from the boat, though its crew and captain escaped unharmed via life rafts. The incident was followed by a sharp fall in Chinese visitors to Thailand.
On Tuesday, prospective buyers were allowed to check the condition of the sale items at various sites. Those interested in the Phoenix, which will carry a starting price of Bt900,000, had to visit the Rattanachai Shipyard in Phuket. Also up for auction are amulets and jewellery which were on display at the AMLO head office. Photos and information on auction items are also available at www.amlo.go.th.
Other items going under the hammer on Wednesday include the lease-purchase agreements for condominium units in Chon Buri province. Among them is a 71.23-square-metre unit at the New Nordic’s Palace Condominium with a starting price of Bt13 million, 55sqm N-CVB-407 room at the C-View Boutique Condominium project starting at Bt4.4 million and a 30sqm room at the South Point Pattaya (Bt3 million).