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Tibetan tapestry fetches record $45 million in Hong Kong

Tibetan tapestry fetches record $45 million in Hong KongAn ancient Tibetan silk tapestry has set a world record for Chinese art after it was sold for $45 million at a Christie’s auction in Hong Kong.

The 600-year-old artwork, called a thangka and embroidered in vivid hues of red and gold, was bought by Liu Yiqian on Wednesday and will be displayed at his new museum in Shanghai, the auction house said.

The sale broke the world record for any Chinese work of art sold by an international auction house.

The piece — which depicts the meditational diety Raktayamari, known as the Red Conqueror of Death, standing stride a buffalo — was created during the Ming dynasty between 1402 and 1424.

It is one of a set of three thangkas from the Jokhang Monastery in the Tibetan capital Lhasa, according to Christie’s.

In April, Liu bought a Ming Dynasty wine cup which broke the world auction record for Chinese porcelain in Hong Kong for $36.05 million.

A taxi driver-turned-financier now aged 50, Liu is one of China’s wealthiest men and among the country’s new class of super-rich scouring the globe for artwork. He is worth an estimated $1.6 billion.

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  1. Oh my, what a blessing. I just spent a few mneomts singing along with some of this (and remake of I’d Rather Be Me). Thanks for providing it. Just what my soul needed. I love you both. The light and life of Christ shines through you and touches me. Won’t it be fun to sing and worship together for eternity without the constraints of time and space? I wonder if I can be a high tenor in heaven? Just to be there and sing baritone will be good enough for me.


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