Warhol 'Mao' painting sold for $12.6 million in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - An Andy Warhol portrait of former Chinese leader Chairman Mao Zedong has sold for $12.6 million at a Hong Kong auction, less than the $15 million it was expected to fetch.

The painting was sold to a private Asian collector at Sotheby's evening sale on Sunday.

Warhol began his series of silk-screen portraits of Mao in 1972 when ties between then Cold War foes China and the United States began to thaw after U.S. President Richard Nixon's historic trip to Beijing.

(Reporting by Reuters Television; Editing by Michael Perry)

Must Read

United passenger's removal sparks outrage in China

Apr 11, 2017

Images of a bloodied passenger being forcibly removed from a United Airlines flight drew widespread...

Chinese artist offers flower, kitten tattoos to...

May 11, 2017

US-CHINA-TATTOOS:Chinese artist offers flower, kitten tattoos to mums with birth scars

China's sharing app boom floods sidewalks with...

May 12, 2017

US-CHINA-BIKESHARING-APP:China's sharing app boom floods sidewalks with bicycles

China controls information about ailing Nobel...

Jul 12, 2017

As China faces mounting pressure to let imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo go...

Chinese Nobel laureate's death turns focus to...

Jul 14, 2017

Friends of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo's family say efforts to persuade the...

Sign up now!