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From top: Gu Duhuang is thrust into the spotlight as his family's ancient book collection set a record high price at a Beijing auction in June. Gu's favorite haunt - Kunqu Opera Museum in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Guoyun Lou, the Gu family's former residence, was built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Photos by Mei Jia / China Daily
A collection of rare books was recently auctioned off for 216 million yuan, which focused attention on the family that used to own the collection. Mei Jia reports in Suzhou.