Chinese imperial portrait sells for record-breaking $17.6 million

Wed Oct 7, 2015 6:35pm EDT
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HONG KONG - After 20 minutes of intense bidding an anonymous buyer purchased an imperial portrait of Chinese Emperor Qianlong's favorite consort for a record-breaking $17.6 million on Wednesday at Sotheby's.

The painting by Italian artist Giuseppe Castiglione is the only full-length ceremonial imperial portrait outside the collection of the Beijing Palace Museum, according to Nicholas Chow, Sotheby's deputy chairman, Asia.

"This is a record for Chinese imperial portraiture," he said.