A painting believed to have been painted by the famous Northern Song Dynasty artist Zhang Xian has been sold for 20 Million Yuan.
The owner believes the painting was cared for by Puyi within the walls of the forbidden city, the painting was then passed to Puyi’s personal body guard for safe keeping during the troubles at that time.
The painting was believed to have then been passed down through the generations to the current owner.
The old man who owned the painting decided to sell as he was getting on in years. After researching past auction prices for similar paintings he came to the conclusion 8 million Yuan was a fair price for his painting.
He decided to take the painting to the Cultural Relics Bureau In Beijing to authenticate it, the experts were unsure if it was genuine but made an offer of 10,000 Yuan.
The experts at the Cultural Relics Bureau In Beijing are supposed to be the best in the business, but they said they needed to conduct further research.
The old man believed the painting to be genuine as it had been passed down in his family for generations so decided not to sell to the experts at the Cultural Relics Bureau, so he wrapped the painting up and took it home.
A while later the old man met Mr Qin at an antiques market and told him his story, Mr Qin said he could get the painting into a good auction for the old man, the old man agreed and the painting was sold at auction for 20 million Yuan and was sold to the Beijing Museum.
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