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Tibetan Silk Tapestry Sold for $45 Million at Christie’s Hong Kong

A Shanghai tycoon, Liu Yiqian splashed out HK$348 million ($45 million) on ancient Tibetan silk tapestry at Christie’s auction in Hong Kong, and thus broke the record for the most expensive Chinese work of art he set in April. Called Thangka, the tapestry is the 600-year-old artwork embroidered in vivid hues of red and gold which depicts Buddhist deities. It is one of a set of three thangkas from the Jokhang Monastery in the Tibetan capital Lhasa.

Tibetan Silk Tapestry Sold for $45 Million at Christie's Hong Kong
It will be on display at Liu’s new museum in Shanghai, along with Chengua-era ceramic cup – nicknamed the Chicken Cup for its imperial allegorical depiction using poultry. Chinese billionaire paid HK$214 million ($27,6 million) for this cup at Sotheby’s auction in April.
“I am proud to bring back to China this significant and historic 15th century thangka which will be preserved in the Long Museum for years to come,” he said by phone according to a Christie’s press release.

Tibetan Silk Tapestry Sold for $45 Million at Christie's Hong Kong

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Aleksandra Arsenovic graduated with a degree in economics and has a master degree in tourism. Since she worked as a travel agent, she has traveled around the world and developed an interest in luxurious hotels and exotic destinations. As a big fashion fan, Aleksandra loves expensive and luxury fashion items. As an editor of Extravaganzi she shares her knowledge about travels, fashion and accessories.

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