Filed under: Auctions
A portrait of Mao Zedong is being offered at a June 3rd auction in Beijing. It was painted in the 1950s by portraitist Zhang Zhenshi and posters of it were circulated throughout the country. Zhenshi was one of the first artists to do a portrait of Mao and this painting is said to be one of his only surviving works. Since the announcement of the auction, the inclusion of the portrait has met with some opposition, with critics citing that its historical value is too great for it to be sold. It is currently owned by a Chinese American and is expected to sell for $120,000-150,000, as other Mao memorabilia has done well at auctions recently.