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The painting "Eagle on a Pine" containing elements of calligraphy, which belongs to the brush of Chinese artist Qi Baishi, was sold at a Beijing auction for 425.5 million yuan, which in terms of dollars is 65.4 million. The auction at which this painting was sold was held on May 22 by the China Guardian auction house.
The painting "Eagle on a Pine" was completed in 1946, while the painter managed to celebrate his 86th birthday. The painting depicts the eagle itself and two calligraphic scrolls. This work of the Chinese master is the largest of the famous works of this author - the size of her canvas is 266 x 100 centimeters, and the size of each scroll is 264.5 x 65.8 cm.
The amount for which this painting was sold became a record for contemporary works of Chinese painting. In the entire history of this auction, the painting “Eagle on a Pine” has lost only to one work of art - the manuscript of 11th century Huang Tinjian. This work was auctioned in June 2010, and its buyer paid 436.8 million yuan for it.
Artist Qi Baishi is one of the most prominent painters and calligraphers of modern China. Xinhua data show that in 2009 at various auctions held in different countries of the world the works of this Chinese painter were able to bring about $ 70 million, which allowed this artist to take third place in the cost of paintings after, the first places did not go less great - Pablo Picasso and Andy Warhol.
But the vase of the Qianlong era of the Qing dynasty was able to achieve an absolute record in Chinese art, it was sold in October 2010 for 83 million dollars. Although this record is not yet official, as in April 2011 it turned out that its buyer had not yet paid for this acquisition.
The art market of China has been able to achieve such high-profile sales in recent years amid exponential growth. According to a report published this year on artprice.com, in 2010, China was able to rise from 10th to 1st when it turned into the largest auction market for fine art in the world, and at the same time managed to overtake USA and England.
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