Three Vietnamese paintings fetch over US$1 million each in just one month

HCMC – Vietnam has had three more paintings that sold for over US$1 million each at international auctions since mid-April.

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"Landscape of Thay Pagoda" by Pham Hau – PHOTO: SOTHEBY'S

The oil on canvas painting “Portrait of Mademoiselle Phuong” by late painter Mai Trung Thu (1906-1980) fetched a record price for a Vietnamese painting as it sold for US$3.1 million at Sotheby's Auction House in Hong Kong on April 18.

“Portrait of Mademoiselle Phuong” by Mai Trung Thu – PHOTO: SOTHEBY'S

Lacquer on wood masterpiece "Landscape of Thay Pagoda" by Pham Hau (1903-1995) also sold for over US$1 million at this auction.

Most recently, ink and gouache on silk painting “Young Lady Tying Her Scarf” by Le Pho (1907-2001) fetched over US$1.1 million at Christie's Hong Kong on May 24.

“Young Lady Tying Her Scarf” by Le Pho – PHOTO: CHRISTIE'S

So far, seven Vietnamese paintings have sold for over US$1 million. The first Vietnamese painting that sold for over US$1 million was "Family Life" by Le Pho (US$1.1 million in 2017).

"Family Life" by Le Pho – PHOTO: SOTHEBY'S

The three other paintings include “Nude” by Le Pho (nearly US$1.4 million), "Nine carp in the lake" by Pham Hau (US$1 million) and "Disillusioned" by To Ngoc Van (US$1.1 million), all in 2019.

“Nude” by Le Pho – PHOTO: CHRISTIE'S

The total value of these seven paintings amounts to some US$10 million. Many Vietnamese paintings have also sold for over US$500,000 each at international auctions.

"Nine carp in the lake" by Pham Hau – PHOTO: SOTHEBY'S
"Disillusioned" by To Ngoc Van – PHOTO: CHRISTIE'S