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.
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.