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The Daily Grail Questionnaire with Sotheby's Joanna Gong

Part Proust, Part Vogue's 73 Questions, and Part Colbert Questionnaire, Joanna Gong, Sotheby's Private Sales Director & Specialist, answers The Daily Grail Questionnaire.

What’s your favorite time of day?


Last meal: where, what, and with who?

Last night- Yefsi Estiatorio, lamb shank and lemon potatoes, for my dear friend Consuelo Vanderbilt Costin’s birthday dinner.

What is your greatest extravagance?


Song on repeat?

Recently: Hate to Say I Told You So- The Hives

Forever favorite song: Merry-Go-Round of Life- Joe Hisaishi

What is your most treasured possession?

Gut reaction is my friends, but I don’t possess them. If an object, then an Eastern Zhou dynasty jade baby dragon Rob Ellsworth gave my father. Our last name is 龔, which is a single character that consists of the two characters: ‘dragon’ and ‘unity’ and since it depicted a baby dragon, he gave it to the baby Gong of the family- me!

Best accessory?

A smile

What’s one thing people don’t know about you?

9/10 times I’d rather sleep in a tent in the woods than a silk lined California king.

Best action movie?

I didn’t grow up watching films, so I have no clue. My answer to any best movie question would be Miyazaki films.

Dream watch?

Cartier Dual Time Tank Cintree Asia edition- where they have one dial with roman numerals and the other in Chinese characters.

What is your motto?

Life is good when you are happy, but much better when others are happy, because of you.

Style icon?

My Theory of Knowledge teacher from high school...Madame Johnson!

What do you want to be remembered for?

Never withholding from the love I have to give the world.


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