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Mon Nov 26, 2018, 12:06 PM

Su Shi scroll painting sells for almost $60 million

Wood and Rock, the 1,000-year-old scroll painting that sparked an aesthetic revolution in China, realises $59,505,898 US — the most expensive object ever sold by Christie’s in Asia.

One of the key highlights of Christie’s Autumn 2018 auction season in Hong Kong, "Beyond Compare: A Thousand Years of the Literati Aesthetic", realised US $59,505,898.

It was fitting that this special sale showcasing a millennium of Chinese art history was led by Su Shi’s Wood and Rock, a 1,000-year-old masterpiece by the scholar official who was one of the greatest cultural figures in the ancient world.

The scroll painting, which began an aesthetic revolution in China, sparked a bidding battle that lasted for just over five minutes before selling for $HK$463,600,000 / $59,505,898 (including buyer’s premium). As the hammer came down, applause rang out in the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The price made the ancient artwork the most expensive object ever sold by Christie’s in Asia, surpassing the HK$348.4 million paid for an Imperial embroidered silk thangka on this day four years ago.


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