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Zhang Xiaogang’s A big family series (1995), sold for $1,452,075 at  Christie’s London, Oct. 15, 2006
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by Joe La Placa

A lot more than the heavens opened up in London’s Regents Park on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2006. No less than 600 VIP’s, many with open checkbooks in hand, proceeded up the spiraling entry ramp, which wound through the tree tops three meters from the ground, to seek refuge inside architect Jamie Forbert’s custom-designed white tent housing the fair. Despite the welcoming deluge of rain, the evening kicked off a four-day-long art-buying frenzy the likes of which London has never before witnessed.