Christie’s is proud to offer Slave and Lion, a magnificent national treasure of museum quality, by Chinese Modern master Xu Beihong (1895-1953). As one of the most influential artists of the 20th Century, he paved the way for Chinese Realism and pioneered modern art education in China. The work carries an estimate of HK$350,000,000 – 450,000,000/ US$45,000,000 – 58,000,000, the highest estimated Asian artwork ever offered at auction. Following the previous world records set by Christie’s for Su Shi’s Wood and Rock and Sanyu’s Five Nudes, the sale is an ongoing testament to Christie’s ability in sourcing the most important Asian Art masterpieces. The painting is a ground-breaking example of the artist’s thematic creations, and signifies a watershed moment in modern Chinese art history. In order to underscore the historical significance and influence of this work, Slave and Lion will be presented in an exclusive single-lot evening sale, immediately after the conclusion of the 20th and 21st Century Art Evening Sale in Hong Kong.
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