A letter by “China’s Shakespeare” to be auctioned in Beijing

The sole surviving copy of a letter written by one of China’s literary greats, Zeng Gong, is to be auctioned soon. The letter is expected to wow bidders at the opening of the spring auction season by the auction house China Guardian. It is among the more than 6,000 items on offer – they range from paintings and calligraphy to porcelain, furniture, and contemporary art. Zeng Gong was one of the top eight poets during the Tang and Song dynasties, from 7th to 13th centuries, and has been compared to western literary greats such as Shakespeare. Take a look at some highlights of this year’s China Guardian’s spring auction season.

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