Comprising just nine characters, the scroll by Song dynasty politician-poet Su Shi exceeded estimates to be sold for $8,229,000.
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Sotheby's has denied claims that an $8.2 million Chinese calligraphic scroll it sold at auction in New York last year is a fake, defending its reputation as it seeks to gain a foothold in the fast-growing China art auction market.Sotheby's rejected assertions carried in the state-owned China Cultural Relic News, and written by three Shanghai-based researchers, that the more than 900-year-old scroll was not by Su Shi, also known by the literary name Su Dongpo.The controversy over the scroll was widely reported in China.Researchers Zhong Yinlan and Ling Lizhong argued the scroll was traced, based on similarities between the auctioned work and some known phony items in the collection of the Shanghai Museum, where Ling works.
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