expensive Chinese painting-world record set by Qiu Ying
7]BEIJING,China--A work by 16th-century artist Qiu Ying was sold
at auction in Beijing for 79.52 million yuan (10.7 million dollars),
setting a world record for a Chinese painting, the auction house
China Guardian Auctions said the sale of "Red Cliff
Handscroll" to an unnamed bidder on Tuesday also marked the first
time that a Chinese painting had broken the 10-million-dollar barrier.
"We are very pleased... not only has the auction price
created a world record for a Chinese painting, it signifies a new
stage for Chinese paintings in international sales," auction house
head Wang Yannan said in a statement.
Qiu (1494-1552), a classical artist from Suzhou in
eastern Jiangsu province, was a master of "Gongbi", a meticulous
brush technique requiring precise detail.
He left behind just 40 pieces of art, most of which
are now in museums, the China Daily newspaper said.
"Red Cliff Handscroll" once belonged to China's last
imperial family and later fell into the hands of private collectors.