Gavels ’n’ Paddles: Carved Ruyi scepter, $135,000, Skinner, Inc
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A carved wood Ruyi scepter, carved with Daoist Immortals and motifs representing longevity, wealth and power, sold for $135,000 at an Asian Works of Art Auction held April 26-27 by Skinner, Inc., in Boston, Mass. Also, a pair of large 17th century Buddhist lions, about two and a half feet tall and representing guardians at the gate to a shrine, realized $92,250; and a framed painting from China, in the manner of Qiu Yin (1494-1552) and depicting a scholar sitting in a landscape with pines, hammered for $78,720. Prices include a 20 percent buyer’s premium.