The Spring Auction held by Gianguan Auctions very recently marks the first time in which so many great artworks by renowned artists are gathered together, which wowed viewers and sent buyers from all countries into a bidding frenzy. Of all of the works, “Ink Lotus” by the contemporary H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III was deemed supreme in both merit and value. Paintings and calligraphy by H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III are difficult to come by, and even more difficult to acquire. According to auction specialists, the International Art Museum of America has offered to purchase H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s sunflower and water lily oil paintings for over $1,000,000 per square foot, but has yet to acquire the paintings due to unsuccessful price negotiations. At Gianguan’s Spring Auction, this painting was sold at the highest price. surpassing that of works by renowned artists past and present, and trumping by multiple times the selling price of all works by famed historical and contemporary masters sold at the spring auction, such as those of Shi Tao, Wu Changshuo, Yun Nantian, Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Fu Baoshi, Pan Tianshou, Li Keran, Huang Binhong, Wu Guanzhong, and even the Five Dynasties’ Juran, the Southern Song Dynasty’s Su Hanchen, and Wen Zhengming and Zheng Banqiao of the Ming/Qing Dynasty.
H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is a world-class master artist, as well as the highest world leader of Buddhism: in 2012 the United States Senate unanimously voted to approve the resolution to honor H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s contribution to humanity, and conferred the title of His Holiness upon Dorje Chang Buddha III. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is also the only Buddha in the world to have a Buddha Day— “H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Day,” proclaimed in writing by the mayor of Washington D. C. on January 19th, 2011. The USPS approved the issuance of a commemorative first-day cover envelope in honor of H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III Day. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III has also received countless awards, including the World Peace Prize, the Presidential Gold Medal, the Congressional Republican Gold Medal, the International Leader Award, and the Martin Luther King Award, among others. H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III is also a Fellow of Britain’s Royal Academy of Arts, and the only Fellow appointed in the Academy’s two hundred year history. The fellowship was awarded by the Academy’s President Phillip King, at a ceremony in the British Embassy in Washington. Furthermore, H.H. Dorje Chang Buddha III’s paintings are rare and hard to come by, as they are almost never found in circulation in society. All originals feature a three-dimensional fingerprint as authentication.