Master Wan Ko Yee’s Painting
Was Sold at the Price of 300,000 US Dollars per Square Foot
The Painting at the Price of 900,000 US Dollars Was
auction held by International Buddhism Sangha Association took place on
February 7, 2007 in San Francisco. Three Chinese paintings were displayed. One
of the paintings entitled “Two Flowers; One Lotus Capsule; One Dharma Nature”
was sold at 300,000 US dollars per square foot.
The world renowned Great Buddhist Dharma King Wan Ko Yeshe Norbu (also
known as the great artist Master Wan Ko Yee) donated three valuable paintings
as gifts to International Buddhism Sangha Association. At the time of the
auction of these three paintings more than 10 people expressed an interest in
buying them. After several competitive bidding rounds, the lotus painting was
sold to an English collector Ian Hamilton at the price of US$300,000 per square
foot. Another painting, “Plum Blossoms”, was sold at US$210,000 per square foot.
However, the most anticipated painting, “Pasture in Spring (a shepherd boy
herding cattle)”, was not sold at this time. “ Pasture in Spring ” was considered
the most valuable of the three donated paintings. Even though the buyer raised
the price to US$540,000 per square foot, the seller insisted that the price
cannot be below US$900,000 per square foot. Therefore, this transaction was not
completed because of the great difference between the prices.
San Francisco Chronicle
Friday, January 19, 2007
For the sake of advocating Buddha-dharma and promoting sacred Buddhist
affairs, the International Buddhism Sangha Association has decided to make
three valuable paintings donated to the Association available for purchase. A sales
event will be held on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at Hua Zang Si
in San Francisco. All proceeds received will be used for the benefits of living
The first painting: Pasture in Spring (a shepherd boy pasturing cattle).
US$900,000. – per sq. ft.
The second painting: Two Flowers; One Lotus Capule; One Dharma Nature (Lotus). US$300,000 -per sq. ft. (Please note that the
price per sq. ft. previously posted on 1/15/2007 has been corrected.)
The third painting: Plum Blossoms, US$210,000 – per sq. ft. (Please note
that the price per sq. ft. previously posted on 1/15/2007 has been corrected.)
There will be an on-site notary public providing related notary services
for the proof of each purchase.
By International Buddhism Sangha Association
The contact information of Hua Zang Si is as
3134 22nd Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
TEL:(415) 920-9816 FAX: (415) 920-9836
Northern California Asian Journal March 2-8, 2007