Chairman Mao portrait up for auction
Updated: 2006-05-19 07:58
An original painting of China's founding leader Mao Zedong, which served as a
model for portraits hung above Beijing's Tian'anmen Rostrum in the 1950s and
1960s, will be auctioned on June 3 in Beijing.
painting, owned by a Chinese American, is expected to fetch 1-1.2 million yuan
(US$120,000-150,000) at the sale, which is open to both Chinese and foreign
bidders, Li Feng, an official with Beijing Huachen Auctions, told China Daily
the portrait of Chairman Mao Zedong at an auction preview in Beijing
May 17, 2006.
Created in the 1950s by Mao portraitist Zhang Zhenshi, the painting is 91 cm
long and 69 cm wide. Posters of the portrait were made and circulated throughout
the country at the time.
Zhang, born in 1914, passed away in 1992.
In 1950, Zhang was among more than 30 painters invited from across the
country to Beijing to draw a new painting of Mao in order to celebrate the first
anniversary of the People's Republic of China, the Beijing Times reported.
It is reported that the buyer of the Mao portrait will be free to take it out
of the country.
Articles relating to Mao have been hot in the auction market in recent years.
In 2003, an oil painting of Mao, which was painted by late painter Dong
Xiwen, was sold through auction at the price of 220,000 yuan (US$27,000).
Zhang's painting that will be auctioned early next month is part of an
auction organized by Huachen Auctions from May 31-June 4 in Beijing.
At the event, more than 1,000 pieces of Chinese paintings, porcelain and
jewellery will go under the hammer.