Mao Photograph Sells for $55,300 at Beijing Auction





词语解释 Notes to the Words:
① 照片:n. photo
② 估价: n. eva1uation
③ 发表: v. to publish
④ 彩色: adj. colorful
⑤ 极大的: adj. extreme

Mao Photograph Sells for $55,300 at Beijing Auction

A photo of Mao Zedong relaxing in a wicker chair against a scenic backdro of Lushan Mountain has fetched 340,000 yuan ($55,300) at auction, 10 times the pre-sale estimate.

The photo, titled "Chairman Mao, the Brightest Sun in the Heart of World’s People" was taken in 1961 by "Li Jin", a pen name used by his wife Jiang Qing for photos she took during the "cultural revolution" (1966-76).

There was a sudden rise in tension when the photo entered the salesroom at Huachen Auctions in Beijing on Friday, with an estimate between 30,000 and 50,000 yuan. Bidding started at 22,000 yuan, the price of 100,000 yuan was soon passed, and then a white-hot race between two telephone bidders ensued.

Agents acting on behalf of the buyers spoke aloud to the auctioneer as the bidding intensified, when normally bidding cards are raised.

"The result came as a surprise," said Li Xin, the manager of Huachen’s photography department.

"Photos taken by Jiang Qing rarely come onto the market, and this one is sizable, measuring 45.5 by 37 centimeters.

"The photo was highly sought-after, mainly because its photographer was such a unique figure. It clearly aroused huge interest.

"It also shows that ‘red-classic’ photos like this are becoming well recognized by the market. I saw many new faces in the salesroom," she said.

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