H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s “Ink Lotus,” sold at Gianguan’s New York spring auctions on March 22 for $16.5 million, the highest price of any painting sold at the spring auctions -- including Gianguan, Sotheby’s and Christie’s -- surpassing by multiple times the selling price of works by renowned artists East and West, past and present: surpassing Zheng He’s calligraphy of Buddhist sutra which auctioned for US$14,000,000; surpassing Shi Tao’s “Poems, Calligraphy and Landscape” which auctioned for US$3,946,000; surpassing Shi Lu’s “Prunus Branch and Rock” which auctioned for US$3,525,000; surpassing Zhang Daqian’s “Ancient Temple Deep in the Mountains” which auctioned for US$233,000; surpassing Pan Tianshou’s “Lilies” which auctioned for US$1,565,000; surpassing Wu Changshuo’s “Chrysanthemums and Rocks” which auctioned for US$370,000; surpassing He Cheng’s “Zhao Yun” which auctioned for US$200,000; surpassing Qi Baishi’s “Insects and Leaves” which auctioned for US$197,000; surpassing the various subjects in ten pieces of Ba Da Shan Ren which auctioned for US$149,000; surpassing Xu Beihong’s “Scroll of Ten Fine Horses” which auctioned for US$120,000; and Li Keran’s “Cowherder” which auctioned for US$81,250.
The artist is the highest world leader of Buddhism and has been recognized for his accomplishments and contributions to humanity with the 614 Senate Resolution of the United States in 2012, the World Peace Prize, the Presidential Gold Medal, the Martin Luther King Award, among others. He is also a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts. He lives in California, USA. Buyers from various countries launched a bidding war over His Holiness Dorje Chang Buddha III’s painting, which opened at $10,500,000. After several intense rounds of paddle-raising among the final few bidders, a U.S. buyer finally beat out his competitors and fellow bidders (hailing from Paris and Southeast Asia), and won the painting at a record-breaking $16.5 million.
“Ink Lotus— An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes: a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed with a soul-soothing charm,” is mounted, ink on paper, and ten square feet in size. When the appraiser first unfurled the scroll and saw the painting, he declared with astonishment: “Dorje Chang Buddha III has arrived” – a revealing sign of the extreme prestige of H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s paintings. H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s limited edition reproductions also hold the record for the highest-selling reproductions exceeding that of such world-renowned painters as Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, Cézanne and Gauguin. The artist’s limited edition of 200 copies of “Carp in a Lotus Pond,” for instance, auctioned at $379,500 for one piece. Paintings and calligraphy by H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are difficult to come by, and even more difficult to acquire. All originals feature a three-dimensional fingerprint as authentication. According to auction specialists, the International Art Museum of America has offered to purchase H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s sunflower and water lily oil paintings for over $1,000,000 per square foot, but has yet to acquire the paintings due to unsuccessful price negotiations. Art by H. H. Dorje Chang Buddha is expected to increase in value as the artist is now focusing solely on Buddhist activities, and will no longer pursue painting.
H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III
Ink Lotus (Contemporary Painting)
Inscription:“An utter chaos strewn with broken strokes:
a peculiar sight, yet wondrously endowed
with a soul-soothing charm.” It reads in Chinese:
“man fu lang ji po bi xi, qi zai xi miao jing yi qing”.
Signed Dorje Chang III with two artist seals