Liu Dan's Dragon after Chen Rong to sell for $200,000?

Liu Dan's Dragon after Chen Rong is among the top lots of Christie's Monochrome sale of Asian art.

It's expected to achieve around $150,000-200,000 in the September 15 auction in New York.

Dragon Liu Dan
Liu Dan is a contemporary Chinese artist

Dan is a contemporary ink painter who studied at the Jiangsu Chinese Painting Academy.

The auction house explains: "For the past three and a half decades, Liu has produced an exhilarating legacy of physical grandeur, spiritual immensity and delicately rendered lyrical power, whether it be monumental landscapes, multi-faceted portraits of individual rocks, very fine studies of people or his distinctive representations of flowers and traditional Chinese dictionaries.

"This very rare depiction of a dragon was inspired by the iconic paintings of the Song dynasty artist Chen Rong, notably his painting Nine Dragons, dated 1244."

Xu Bing's Landscript (2002) carries an estimate of $100,000-150,000.

Bing is a hugely influential modern Chinese artist, whose work draws from his nation's rich printmaking tradition.

Bonhams comments: "In the fall of 1999, together with several fellow artists, Xu Bing embarked on a trekking trip in Nepal and his drawings from the series 'Landcripts from the Himalayan Journal' combined his love of nature and fascination with language, shown in innovative landscapes where he used hanzi, the pictorial structure of characters, to form the terrain."

As a result of his phenomenal contribution to art, he was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant that same year.

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