Date
25 September 2017
A handwritten menu by Chang Dai-chien sold for 12,100 yuan in 1998. Picture: China News Service
A handwritten menu by Chang Dai-chien sold for 12,100 yuan in 1998. Picture: China News Service

Calligraphy menu sells for 10 times estimated price

A handwritten menu by Chinese master calligrapher Chang Dai-chien was snapped up for HK$600,000 (US$77,121), 10 times its estimated price, at Sotheby’s spring auction, Apple Daily reported Tuesday.

The artwork was one of three menus from a tranche offered in Hong Kong by the New York-based auctioneer.

“A famous work can always be sold at a good price. Taking smaller pieces out for auction is also a good opportunity to test collectors’ artistic quotient,” C.K. Cheung, Sotheby’s head of Chinese paintings, was quoted as saying.

“Buying a Chang menu is like buying his calligraphy.”

The menus were self-written and were especially made for dinner guests. They give an insight into Chang’s close-knit circle.   

This is not the first time Chang’s menus have been auctioned. In 1998, one such work sold for 12,100 yuan (US$1,941) in Beijing. The menu lists Sichuan dishes and shows Chang’s special recipe for steamed beef with rice.

Sotheby’s spring auction racked up HK$3.4 billion, with HK$400 million coming from Chinese paintings alone.

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