Photograph of Chairman Mao goes under the hammer for 391,000 yuan

Picture was taken by late leader's wife

PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 6:47pm
UPDATED : Friday, 10 May, 2013, 8:23pm

An original photo of former Chinese leader Mao Zedong went under the hammer on Friday in Beijing, and sold for 391,000 yuan (HK$490,490).

The picture, taken by his wife Jiang Qing, shows Chairman Mao sitting in a chair in front of Lushan Mountain in 1961.

Originally black and white, the photograph later had colour added by hand.

Although Jiang Qing, Mao's last wife, was an actress, she was also very politically active and played a major role in the Cultural Revolution (1966–76). She was also known for forming the radical political alliance known as the "Gang of Four".