””””BEIJING, Nov. 12 (Xinhuanet) -- A collection of letters written by important
Chinese personalities during the Ming Dynasty has been sold for 9.9 million yuan
(1.19 million US dollars) at an auction hosted by China Guardian Auction Co.,
Ltd., China's leading auctioneer.
””””The sale, reportedly made to a Chinese collector, was a record for rare
ancient Chinese documents sold at auction.
””””The collection, which consists of more than 600 epistolary writings penned
by over 400 noted personalities during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), paints a
vivid picture of the political, economic and cultural aspects of life in China
more than 400 yearsago.
””””In addition, a piece of furniture said to belong to the imperial family in
the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) was sold for 9.4 million yuan (1.13 million US
dollars) at the auction.
””””At present, China has 40 million collectors, and the transaction volume of
antiques exceeds 5 billion yuan (more than 600 million US dollars) annually.