The Last Supper (2001) by Zeng Fanzhi was sold for $23.3 million setting the record for an Asian artist at auction, 16 other artist records were set in Sotheby’s Hong Kong five-day auction.
Zeng’s work, based on Leonardo da Vinci’s famous mural, is four meters long and 2.2 meters high, showing Christ and his 12 disciples wearing masks and communist Young Pioneers uniforms seated at a table strewn with watermelon fragments.
The painting was sold to a private bidder after a bidding war which lasted over 10 minutes between two buyers on the phone.
Zeng’s work overtook previous record holder Zhang Xiaogang’s Chinese contemporary work that sold for $15.1 million.
Earlier, Triptych by French-Chinese painter Zao Wou-ki was sold for $11 million.
According to Sotheby’s, the sale of the of Asian contemporary and modern art earned HK$1.13 billion with the sale of the 118.28 carat-diamond yet to occur.
[Image via: Bloomberg]