A section of the painting entitled 'Wood and Rock' by Song Dynasty pre-eminent scholar Su Shi (1037-1101) is shown during a media preview of Christie’s Hong Kong Autumn Sale in Hong Kong on August 30, 2018. / AFP / Philip FONG /
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A nearly 1000-year-old ink painting by one of China's greatest literati masters Su Shi is expected to fetch US$51 million at auction, Christie's said Thursday as the work went on view in Hong Kong.The versatile literati, also known as Su Dongpo is one of the most important cultural figures in Chinese history and was an esteemed scholar, poet, prose-writer, painter, calligrapher and statesman.In 2010, "Dizhuming", a Chinese calligraphy scroll by Huang Tingjian – Su Shi's student – sold for $64 million at Poly Auction in Beijing.
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