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Ai Weiwei sets new Auction record

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The sunflower seeds by Ai Weiwei, an edition of 10 set a new record for the artist at Christie’s recent sale this week in New York. It was sold for US dollar 782,500 and the ceramic seeds, which can be arranged in a myriad of shapes, were the subject of a Tate Modern exhibit in 2010.

The work is fraught with symbolism. Sunflowers are at once a Chinese street snack and also an emblem adopted by Mao Zedong.

The artist who is active on social media and awarded last year as the most influencial cultural artist is currently prohibited from leaving China and closely monitored by the authorities.

Daniel Brostrom