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Su Shi's and David Hockney’s paintings smash world records
蘇軾、霍克尼鉅作 打破世界拍賣紀錄

A visitor admires Wood and Rock by Chinese artist Su Shi at a Christie’s auction preview in Hong Kong on Thursday last week.

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One of the world’s rarest Chinese paintings, Wood and Rock, by Song Dynasty master Su Shi, fetched a record price of more than HK$463.6 million (about US$59.2 million) at Christie’s in Hong Kong on Monday. The previous record price for a Chinese artwork was set in 2010 by Di Zhu Ming, a calligraphy handscroll by Song Dynasty master Huang Tingjian.

Su, also known as Su Dongpo, was perhaps one of the most famous poets and painters in Chinese history. His record-breaking masterpiece had disappeared for almost a century after it was brought to Japan by a collector, and the reappearance of it not long ago instantly shocked art circles.

In addition, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), a 1972 painting by British artist David Hockney, surged to US$90.3 million at Christie’s in New York two weeks ago, smashing the record for a work by a living artist at auction. The painting featuring Hockney and his ex-boyfriend was sold by his dealer in 1972 for just US$18,000.

(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)






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