A painting featuring red dots by celebrated South Korean artist Kim Whan-ki sold for 8.5 billion won ($7.87 million) at Seoul Auction's Hong Kong sale on Sunday, shattering the record for any Korean work of art sold at auction and breaking Kim's own auction record, the auction house said.
|"3-II-72 #220" (Seoul Auction)|
The 202-by-254-centimeter painting is covered mostly with red dots -- an uncommon color for the artist, who is known for his signature blue dots -- except for the top middle part of the canvas, where blue dots form an upside-down triangle.
In April last year, the late artist's "Tranquility 5-Ⅳ-73 #310" featuring blue dots and a white-edged square fetched 6.55 billion won at K Auction, at the time a record-high for a Korean art piece sold at auction.
|Kim Whan-ki (Yonhap)|
The masterpiece's new owner, who will pay nearly 10 billion won including fees, was not immediately identified. (Yonhap)