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Emperor Huizong’s calligraphy sold for 140mln RMB


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A calligraphy work by Song dynasty emperor Huizong has been sold for a staggering 140 million yuan.

A calligraphy work by Song dynasty emperor Huizong has been sold for a staggering 140 million yuan --that’s around 20 million US dollars. The 1000 year-old piece went under the hammer at an auction in Shenzhen on Monday.

Bidding opened at 60 million yuan, and soon doubled to 120 million. Competition between two buyers forced the price even higher, to a bank-breaking 140 million. The work of a thousand characters was created by Huizong in the year 1104, and remains in good condition.

The emperor was the founding father of "Slender Gold" - a calligraphy style which has gradually involved into the "Immitating Song Style" - a major school in Chinese calligraphy. The work spans 25 pages, and features inscriptions by celebrities over the centuries.

Source: CNTV
2012. Jan. 10


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