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Ancient scroll stars at auction

WANG Xizhi, the sage of Chinese calligraphy born in 303 AD, though he hardly left any original writing, still fascinates the public through his works.

One of Wang's scrolls will be previewed from November 3-5 at Le Royal Meridian Shanghai. Together with 300 objects - ranging from ink-wash paintings, ancient books and canvases to jewelry and watches - the scroll will go under the hammer at the China Guardian Auction House in Beijing next month.

According to Deng Jing, the spokesperson at the China Guardian Auction House, "This piece of writing by Wang Xizhi is expected to sell around 100 million yuan(US$15 million.)"

This piece in question constitutes about 41 characters.

"If it sells for close to the estimated price, then each of Wang's character will be the most expensive ones in the world."

This June, one scroll by Huang Tingjian, a well-known Chinese calligrapher from the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), was auctioned for 436.8 million yuan, breaking the record for Chinese artwork. But the 8.24-meter-long scroll contains about 600 characters.


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