Song dynasty letter fetches $43m

A letter dating nearly 1,000 years back to the Song dynasty (960-1279) has been sold for a staggering 207 million yuan (S$43.4 million) in China. The 124-character note by famed politician and scholar Zeng Gong was sold to Chinese media mogul and art
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A letter dating nearly 1,000 years back to the Song dynasty (960-1279) has been sold for a staggering 207 million yuan (S$43.4 million) in China. The 124-character note by famed politician and scholar Zeng Gong was sold to Chinese media mogul and art collector Wang Zhongjun at a Beijing auction on Sunday night, the China Daily reported. Titled Jushi Tie (A Letter on Happenings), the letter was written on Sept 27, 1080, during Zeng's 12-year service in local administrations.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2016, with the headline 'Song dynasty letter fetches $43m'. Print Edition | Subscribe