|Eagle perched on the branch of a pine tree, surrounded by two calligraphy scrolls, |
by Qi Baishi, 100x266 cm
A work by Chinese artist Qi Baishi was sold at auction in
at the end of May for 425.5 million yuan ($65.5 million) - a new record for a contemporary Chinese painting according to China Guardian auction house. The 1946 painting of an eagle perched on the branch of a pine tree, surrounded by two calligraphy scrolls, measures 100 by 266 centimetres. Beijing
This is the second-highest amount ever paid for an artwork at auction in
, after the 436.8 million yuan (over $67 million) paid in 2009 for a work by Song dynasty calligrapher Huang Tingjian, who lived during the 11th century. China
|Work by Song dynasty calligrapher Huang Tingjian|
Qi, who died in 1957, was one of the most prolific Chinese artists of the 20th century, and his works have recently become sought after. The self-taught painter focused on depictions of nature such as plants, insects, birds and fish.
|Qi Baishi (1864 - 1957)|
Chinese art prices have rocketed in recent years, fuelled by the country's economic boom and its growing numbers of super-rich.
China topped the in 2010 as the country with the richest art auctions, according to the French company Artprice, which tracks global deals. United States