Mao Zedong literary notes sold at auction

(11 July 2017) A collection of handwritten notes by Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, has been sold at auction for 10 times its estimated price.

The notes, written in 1975 to a professor who had been hired to read to Mao, were sold at Sotheby’s in London for £704,750 ($910,000).

The auction house said the manuscripts were of the “utmost rarity”.

The notes relate to classical Chinese literature and poetry, something the Chinese leader was known to enjoy.

They were written the year before Mao died, as his health deteriorated.

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