Christie’s Raises HK$36 Million for The Nature Conservancy with Sale of Zeng Fanzhi’s ‘The Leopard’

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HONG KONG.- Tremendous applause broke out as the hammer came down on the last picture at Christie’s Evening Sale of Asian Contemporary Art on 28 May 2011. The Leopard by renowned Chinese contemporary artist Zeng Fanzhi (born 1964), sold for HK$36 million/US$4.63 million, with proceeds going to support The Nature Conservancy, a non-profit environmental organization. The buyer, Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Zhijun will display The Leopard at his private museum at Beijing. François Curiel, President of Christie’s Asia, who was the auctioneer for Zeng Fanzhi’s Leopard said, “With more than 10 hands in the air at the opening bid of HK$4 million, buyers quickly brought the price up to HK$20 million; two determined collectors fought for the picture until Chinese entrepreneur Zhao Zhijun won it for HK$36 million /US$4.63 million. Art brought together