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Last week we showed you a quilt that was to be auctioned off for $150,000.  Today we are presenting a $45 million dollar tapestry.  It was purchased by Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian at a Christie's auction in 2014, it broke the record for the most expensive Chinese work of art sold.

I am proud to bring back to China this significant and historic 15th century thangka which will be preserved in the Long Museum for years to come,” he said by phone according to a Christie’s press release.

The tapestry is a 15th century embroidered silk thangka, a tapestry depicting Buddhist deities.  It is 132" x 84."  Liu intends to show the work in his private Shanghai museum.

So what about it?  Going to keep making quilts?  Someday yours might just set an auction record.

If you'd like to learn more about the emergence of textile art, click here for an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal.

Click here to see the full tapestry, (mature themes).

 


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