Lengthy landscape sets a new sale record

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 July, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 July, 2005, 12:00am

A landscape painted in ink by Zhang Daqian set a world record for a traditional Chinese painting yesterday when it sold at auction in Beijing for 73 million yuan.

According to Xinhua, a mainland bidder snapped up the 35.56-metre-long ink landscape - 10,000 Miles of Mountains and Rivers - within six minutes.

The work, which had a reserve price of 48 million yuan, is about a metre high and features inscriptions by 20th century painter Fu Baoshi and connoisseur Xu Bangda . It was sold on behalf of a Hong Kong collector. The buyer's name was not disclosed.

Wu Yue , the Beijing Zhongbang Guopai Auction Group's deputy general manager, said the painting sold was of the same style as Zhang's more famous 10,000 Miles of Yangtze River.

Zhang, also known as Chang Da-chien, began the painting in Hong Kong in 1952 and finished it four years later in Argentina. It was exhibited at the Louvre in Paris in 1957, according to Xinhua.

Zhang, who was born in Si- chuan province in 1899 and died in Taiwan at the age of 84, painted thousands of works.

The previous record price for a Chinese painting was 69.3 million yuan, set by Lu Yanshao's Landscape After Ancient Poet Du Fu at a sale in Beijing in June, 2004.