An anonymous Hong Kong bidder has paid over $30m for a 18th century Chinese scroll at an auction in Toulouse, France. After a bidding war with seven others, the gavel finally came down at $30.8m, the latest example of the soaring Asian art market. It was the highest price ever achieved for a Chinese work in France.
Found in a Paris attic, and sold by Marc Labarbe, the scroll is 78.7 feet long and dates from the Qianlong period, circa 1748. It depicts a military troop review.
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