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The letter that fetched $43 million

A 936-year-old calligraphy letter fetched $43 million at an auction recently. It is the only surviving piece of this kind by Chinese scholar Zeng Gong and was written during the reign of the Song Dynasty (960-1270AD). The letter features Gong's feelings of depression and isolation during his 12-year ban from Beijing.

The work was bought by art collector and movie mogul Wang Zhongjun. Zeng's legacy is very popular with art collectors world wide. Another one of his pieces sold for $22 million at an auction seven years ago. There is still avid interest in art pieces created during the Song Dynasty, which was a time in which China's economy and population flourished.

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