Eleventh century letter fetches new record price
Beijing: A new record price of 207 million yuan has been fetched by a 11th century letter for a work of Chinese calligraphy at an auction in Beijing.
According to the news website ThePaper.cn reports, the letter was the last surviving work of Chinese scholar Zeng Gong who penned it around 936 years ago. It was also snapped up by film mogul Wang Zhongjun at the China Guardian auction house on Sunday evenging.
- Zeng was one of the greatest prose writers of the Song Dynasty era (960 to 1279 AD).
- In the letter written in the later years of his life, Zeng told his friend about the political difficulties and the feeling of isolation faced by him.
- "In this letter he pours his heart out", Yi Guanghua, a specialist at China Guardian said prior to the sale.
- The letter has almost doubled in value since it was last auctioned in 2009.
- It was also a record breaker then, becoming the first piece of Chinese calligraphy to be sold for than 100m yuan.