Antique documents auctioned for 13 million yuan
A hand written document, which was part of a missing Chinese literary work, showing Diaoyu Islands as a part of China was auctioned off for 13 million yuan in Beijing. The document was a hand written by Qiain Meixi a well known calligrapher in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).
The documents is a part of a copy of the fifth chapter on the Six Chapter of a Floating Life by Shen Fu also a writer and painter in the Qing Dynasty. The book’s final two chapters are missing. The document is a record of Shen’s trip to the Diaoyu Islands in 1808, which shows a section that says the islands were part of China. The buyer immediately left after purchasing the item, and truly believes that it was a very valuable document, and he doesn’t want it to fall into the others hands especially foreigners.
Chinese experts identified the scripts as part of the fifth chapter of the Six Chapters of a Floating Life, even with disputes in its validity. Peng Ling the book vendor bought the scripts in an antique market in Nanjing in the Autumn of 2005. Peng plans to donate some of the auction proceeds to China Association for Poverty Alleviation and Development.