Ancient Chinese calligrapher’s work sold for 46 million dollarsNovember 21st, 2010 - 6:06 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Nov.21 (ANI): A rare hand scroll copy of ancient Chinese calligrapher Wang Xizhi’s work was sold Saturday for a staggering 308 million Yuan (46.38 million dollars) at the autumn auction of the Beijing-based China Guardian.
The high auction price was, in the history of the Chinese mainland art market, only second to calligrapher Huang Tingjian’s hand scroll “Pillar Ming,” which was purchased for 436.8 million Yuan in 2009.
Wang, from the Jin Dynasty around the 4th century, is traditionally acclaimed as the Sage of Calligraphy.
However, none of his original works exist, making this cursive script, named “Safety Wish Script,” especially rare for its high quality copy and the clear history of the succession of its collectors, which date back to the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368).
According to China Guardian Vice President Hu Yanyan, the copy of the original script had nine lines and was later divided into two parts.
The item at Saturday’s auction was the first half, with four lines and forty-one characters. (ANI)
- Painting by Chinese artist sold for 65 mn dollars! - May 23, 2011
- 11th-century Chinese calligraphy scroll sells for record 438m yuan - Jun 05, 2010
- 'Orphan of Zhao' director failed to give us credit: Chinese screenwriters - Dec 19, 2010
- Islam in Kashmir earlier than thought, reveals Quran manuscript - Aug 15, 2012
- Chinese museum housing a million relics reopens - Mar 01, 2011
- Two of M.F. Husain's works feature in Doha auction - Dec 01, 2010
- Rediscovering the ancient Indian art of handwriting - Sep 05, 2012
- HRD ministry to preserve Kashmir's manuscripts, paintings - Jul 21, 2012
- Kublai Khan's Xanadu unearthed in China - Jul 08, 2009
- Ancient Chinese characters come together at new museum - Nov 18, 2009
- Chinese man compensated for auction fraud - Jul 26, 2012
- Yangtze River stones may be remnants of 1000-year-old cliff inscription - Jul 06, 2010
- Ancient Tibetan scripture found in Lhasa - Jun 14, 2012
- No commercial activity at China's historical sites - Sep 02, 2011
- China promotes calligraphy as hand-writing gets sloppy - Aug 28, 2011
Tags: 4th century, ancient chinese, art market, auction price, autumn auction, beijing, calligraphy, chinese calligrapher, cursive script, hand scroll, jin dynasty, million dollars, New Delhi, original script, original works, pillar, quality copy, rare hand, wang xizhi, yuan dynasty