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Subject: Chinese calligraphy letter sets new auction record

Written By: Philip Eno on 05/16/16 at 8:46 am

An 11th Century letter has set a new record price for a work of Chinese calligraphy, fetching 207m yuan ($32m; £22m) at an auction in Beijing. The letter is the last surviving work of Chinese scholar Zeng Gong, who penned it around 936 years ago, popular news website reports. It was snapped up by film mogul Wang Zhongjun at the China Guardian auction house on Sunday evening. Zeng is considered one of the greatest prose writers of the Song Dynasty era (960 to 1279 AD). In the letter, written in the later years of his life, Zeng tells a friend about his recent political difficulties and a feeling of isolation. "In this letter he pours his heart out," Yi Guanghua, a specialist at China Guardian, explained prior to the sale.

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