A provacative poem written on a drawing by Chinese artist Shen Liang failed to help propel the drawing to within its estimated price. Lot 72216 offered at the Heritage Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary sale today brought just $500, well-short of the $1,000 to $1,500 estimate. The work was drawn after a Cultural-revolution-era poster, written in Chinese was the following poem:
“The Song of the Prostitute”
She slept until late morning
The brothel frequenter came in the late evening
She was naked, and white as snow
Both breasts beautiful,
Groaning with each blow of the bamboo flute
Dizzy with an erection,
When the brothel frequenter left in the middle of the night,
She counted the money
the money was fake,
what a work in vain!
Also written was: Mao Zedong 1893-1976 “In the Great Storm We Test our Red Heart”
The other two works by Shen Liang in the auction failed to sell.