Scroll auction breaks record

June 06, 2010 | Posted by Chris

Calligraphy is to Chinese art what sculpture is to Greek and Roman art, says one expert. A calligraphy scroll above (not the auction winner), via Chinese Calligraphy Gallery

A classical calligraphy scroll that is nearly 1000 years old has been auctioned in Beijing this week for $64 million USD, which is reported to be the highest price ever paid for a piece of Chinese art, the New York Times writes. Painted in the year 1095 by Huang Tingjian, one of the foremost scholars of the Song Dynasty, the scroll is 11 feet long and is a 600-word copy of prose written in the earlier Tang Dynasty. The buyer, meanwhile, is not known because the bid is reported to have been made anonymously over the telephone. The previous record for an auction price of Chinese art was $34 million USD, made in 2005 in London for a Yuan Dynasty vase.

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