Image via South China Morning Post
In arguably the least-Maoist thing since the man’s granddaughter was found to be one of the wealthiest people in the country, an original photo of Mao Zedong was sold in auction for 391,000 yuan. The photographer? The “Dragon Lady” herself, Mao’s last wife Jiang Qing.
The photo depicts Mao sitting in front of Lushan Mountain, and was originally taken in black and white. Later, due presumably to a dedicated culture worker’s passion for the correct path, the photo was hand-painted into color.
Jiang Qing isn’t particularly remembered for her skills as a photographer, which were slightly overshadowed by that whole “Gang of Four” thing. Nevertheless, the 1961 photo does an excellent job capturing the leader as he takes a relaxing “post-Great-Leap-yet-pre-Cultural-Revolution” sit in a wicker chair. Definitely worth the hypocrisy that comes in paying more than US$60,000 for it.