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.cn"
THE Shanghai Museum has questioned the authenticity of a calligraphy work sold for 140 million yuan (US$22.1 million) in south China's city of Guangzhou last month.The museum claims the original by Emperor Song Huizong (1082-1135) is in its own collection."I'd never heard that two identical pieces by Emperor Huizong existed anywhere," said Shan Guolin, director of the museum's calligraphy department.But Liu Molin, director at Guangzhou-based auction House, Zhonghan Qinghua Auction House dismissed this."Shanghai Museum has a scroll, and the other is an album. These are two different forms."Source:Shanghai Daily"