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Museum doubts artwork

THE Shanghai Museum has questioned the authenticity of a calligraphy work sold for 140 million yuan (US$22.1 million) in south China's city of Guangzhou last month.

The museum claims the original by Emperor Song Huizong (1082-1135) is in its own collection.

"I'd never heard that two identical pieces by Emperor Huizong existed anywhere," said Shan Guolin, director of the museum's calligraphy department.

But Liu Molin, director at Guangzhou-based auction House, Zhonghan Qinghua Auction House dismissed this.

"Shanghai Museum has a scroll, and the other is an album. These are two different forms."


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