Almost 1,000-year-old ink portray by certainly one of China’s best literati masters Su Shi fetched HK$463,600,000 (N21.6 billion)at public sale, Christie’s stated Monday.
The public sale home has described the Track Dynasty paintings created by Su as “one of many world’s rarest Chinese language work”.
Entitled “Wooden and Rock”, the ink-on-paper handscroll depicts a dragon-like outdated tree with withered branches and a pointy rock resting at its root.
The portray was the most costly merchandise ever bought in Christie’s Asia, it stated.
Su Shi, also referred to as Su Dongpo, is among the most vital cultural figures in Chinese language historical past and was an esteemed scholar, poet, prose-writer, painter, calligrapher and statesman.
The 185.5cm-long scroll is inscribed with calligraphy and the poems of 4 vital literati of the 11th century in China and in addition reveals the seals of 41 collectors.
“The variety of the works securely attributed to him are only a few, most likely solely two or three. They’re extraordinarily uncommon,” Jonathan Stone, deputy chairman for Christie’s Asian artwork division, stated in an earlier preview.
In 2010, “Dizhuming”, a Chinese language calligraphy scroll by Huang Tingjian — Su Shi’s pupil — bought for $64 million at Poly Public sale in Beijing.
Hong Kong’s public sale homes have seen frenzied bidding amongst Asian consumers in recent times, with gross sales of diamonds, work and historic ceramics shattering world information.
A 10-metre-long triptych entitled “Juin-Octobre 1985” by Zao Wou-Ki — one of many 20th century’s most distinguished Chinese language painters — fetched HK$510 million (N23.6 billion) at Sotheby’s Hong Kong in September.