Original title: Christie's of Hong Kong withdrew Ren Bonian's painting with an estimated value of 2 million, which was torn up by bear child
According to the exclusive report of the culturists, on May 26, the first painting of Ren Bonian's four screens of flowers and birds, a yellow willow with a crow, which was originally scheduled to be sold at Christie's spring auction of Chinese modern calligraphy and painting on Tuesday (May 28), was torn down by a child visiting the preview.
At present, Christie's has decided to withdraw the work and is negotiating with the insurance company. The investigation and compensation have not yet been finalized.
This painting was created in 1899 and originally valued at HK $1.5-2.5 million (about RMB 1.31-2.19 million). Ren Bonian, the author of Ren Yi, is a famous painter in the late Qing Dynasty, an important figure in the first generation of Shanghai style calligraphy and painting, and one of the four outstanding artists of Shanghai style. His paintings had a great impact on modern flower and bird painting.
Ren Bonian's works were widely spread when he was alive. Before liberation, many painting shops and stalls sold them. After liberation, they were sold less, purchased by the state and collected by museums all over the country. After the 1980s, part of the folk collections flowed into Hong Kong, with Taiwan, the United States and Hong Kong as the largest. Sotheby's and Christie's in Hong Kong have been auctioning Ren's paintings every year since 1986. In May 1986, the first Sotheby's auction of the people's book reached a high price of HK $160000, ranking the highest level. After that, it decreased, but remained at HK $50000-100000. In 1988, it reached more than 700000 Hong Kong dollars. In 1991, the price of a piece of Zhongkui reached 930000 Hong Kong dollars.
Coincidentally, last May, in the "nice school: from pop art to incidental art" Exhibition hosted by France in May and held in Hong Kong City Hall, a piece of Klein Blue was damaged by children, which caused extensive public discussion.
In August 2015, a 12-year-old boy from Taiwan was suspected of accidentally kicking into the display cabinet and falling in the "truth Da Vinci special exhibition". In the process of maintaining the balance, Paolo porporpora's original painting flowers, which is worth more than 50 million Taiwan dollars (about 10 million yuan) 300 years ago, has made a big hole. Later, the work was repaired by a restorer, and the little boy was not responsible for the accident.
As of press time, Christie's did not respond further to the matter.