HONG KONG — A 700-year-old Chinese painted scroll in the Yuan Dynasty brought 306.6 million Hong Kong dollars ($41.8 million) in a Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong.
Among those princes is Li Longji, that afterward became the longest-reigning Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty.
The scroll was recorded in royal sets and bears a collection of seals, such as those of many emperors. Back in 1922, the”Five Drunken Princes Returning on Horseback” scroll had been hauled from the Forbidden City by Pu Yi, the last emperor of China, following the collapse of the Qing dynasty.
The art was originally estimated to sell between roughly $10 million and $15.5 million. Lots of Ren’s 21 paintings have been stored in museums or possessed by private collectors.
“This painting depicts the story of the five drunken princes after they had a very delighted time, and they then got drunk and moved back home,” explained Sally Fong, a professional of ancient Chinese paintings at Sotheby’s. “One of the five princes, among these is your future emperor. In this painting we could observe he was portrayed as the person who could withstand the drunkenness, to return home with the other princes.”