Row over Mao
Now it's the Chinese throwing a wobbler over art. The news that Beijing Huachen Auction Company intends to put Zhang Zhenshi's portrait of Mao Zedong under the hammer on 3 June has caused fury to explode across Chinese internet chatrooms. "Save our Mao," they cry. "Stuff him in a museum." Coxsoft Art reckons it's all a storm in a teacup. No doubt one of the new Chinese millionaires will save Mao for the Nation.