Preview Exhibition Ahead of China's Fall Auction Season


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Thousands of pieces of artwork were on display Tuesday, for bidders to view ahead of the 2011 Guardians Auction in Beijing. This marks the start of the fall auction season. Let's take a look.

On Tuesday, over 4,500 works of art were showcased at the Beijing International Hotel Conference Room. It's part of a pre-exhibition for the 2011 Guardian Auctions that will run from the November 12th -- 16th.

Calligraphy and rare paintings were among the works on display.

[Hu Yanyan, Deputy Executive, China Guardians Co. Ltd.]:
"In terms of calligraphy and painting works only, we have about 100 items worth over five million yuan (some 800,000 US dollars) up for auction and many other famous and rarely seen items."

The most prized piece in the collection is an oil painting by the late painter Wu Guanzhong titled "A Thousand Mile Long Yangtze River" painted in 1973. Another piece from 1986, "Houses in the Woods" painted by Li Keran, is also expected to fetch a high price.

[Gong Jisui, Professor, China Central Academy of Fine Arts]:
"He applied the gradual deepening technique in this painting. He finished only two or three other paintings with the same painting skills, so they are really rare."

The Guardian Auction marks the beginning of the fall auction season. Immediately after, the Ancient Bronze Mirrors Auction is set to take place, followed by auctions in Hong Kong.