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China’s Art Market Shoots Through The Roof

An astronomical price for a work by Chinese painter Qi Baishi offers clues to where China’s art market – and other sectors of the economy – may be heading.

Qi Baishi's 'Eagle Standing on Pine Tree with Four-character Couplet in Seal Script
Qi Baishi's "Eagle Standing on Pine Tree with Four-character Couplet in Seal Script
Zhao Xiaoxuan

BEIJING - The art market in China has been breaking price records on a regular basis over the past 20 years. One million RMB ($154,000) for a top painter's work was considered an astronomical price a decade ago. Last year, a new record for the sale of a modern Chinese painting reached 100 million RMB ($15.4 million). Even that price has now been topped, several times over.

A Qi Baishi painting called "Eagle Standing on Pine Tree with Four-character Couplet in Seal Script," which was once given to former Chinese leader Chiang Kai-shek for his 60th birthday, shattered the record last week with a price of 425 million RMB ($65 million).

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