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Zhang Daqian painting sold for record US$34.9m

Chinese tycoon snags painting after 50 minutes of intense bidding; rare blue diamond sold for US$31.8m

A Sotheby's staff with Zhang Daqian's splashed ink and colour painting which is sold to Chinese tycoon Liu Yiqian. He and his wife have a penchant for buying expensive works of art. He paid US$36.3 million for a tiny porcelain Meiyintang "Chicken Cup" and US$170.4 million for a Modigliani painting.

Hong Kong

A PAINTING by Chinese artist Zhang Daqian sold for nearly US$35 million at an auction in Hong Kong on Tuesday, the highest price that one of his works has ever fetched, underscoring strong demand for quality Chinese art despite an overall slowdown in the market.


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