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Famous Tretchikoff Chinese Girl painting sold for R13 million…coming home to Cape Town [pic]
Posted by on Mar 22nd, 2013

One of the world’s most recognisable and most reproduced paintings by Vlamidir Tretchikoff will be making it’s way home to Cape Town after being bought at a London auction for a record R13.8 million by diamond jewelry magnate Laurence Graff who owns the Delaire Graff Estate in the Cape winelands. The ‘Chinese Girl’ painting of a Sea Point laundrette worker is still one of the world’s top selling art prints and will be on display at the Delaire Graff wine estate in Stellenbosch.

chinese girl

I had no idea the woman in the painting was a woman from Sea Point hey.

The painting was sold at auction at Bonhams on Wednesday for £982,050. A record price for Tretchikoff.

“The painting became one of the world’s most popular in printed form in the 1960s and 1970s, and is still one of the world’s best-selling art prints. It was inspired by Monika Sing-Lee, who was working at her uncle’s launderette in Sea Point in Cape Town when Tretchikoff spotted her and asked her to model for him.”

“Tretchikoff suffered a stroke in 2002 that left him unable to paint, and died in 2006 in Cape Town.” [Business Day]

Now you know.

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