27 Jan 2013

'Chinese Girl' to go on sale in London

6:06 am on 27 January 2013

The original painting of the Chinese Girl, believed to be the world's most reproduced print, is to go on sale in London.

The BBC reports Russian artist, Vladimir Tretchikoff, who died in 2006, claimed that by the end of his career he had sold 500,000 large-format reproductions of the print worldwide.

The portrait of a young Chinese girl with distinctive green-hued skin and ruby lips could fetch up to $1NZ million when it is auctioned in March.

Tretchikoff, who grew up in Russia and Shanghai, settled in South Africa and painted the Chinese Girl in Cape Town in 1952.

His model was Monika Sing-Lee, then 17, whom he spotted working at her uncle's launderette in Sea Point, Cape Town.