In this hand out photo supplied by Bonham's Auctioneers Giles Peppiatti takes bids for Vladimir Tretchikoff's painting titled "Chinese Girl" at the Bonham's Auctions in London Wednesday

 

              In this hand out photo supplied by Bonham
In this hand out photo supplied by Bonham's Auctioneers Giles Peppiatti takes bids for Vladimir Tretchikoff's painting titled "Chinese Girl" at the Bonham's Auctions in London Wednesday, March 20, 2013. The iconic painting, said to be one of the most reproduced in the world, is coming home to South Africa after more than half a century in a private Chicago collection, Bonhams auction house announced Thursday, March 21, 2013 after a record sale. The picture sold Wednesday for 982,050 British pounds (nearly $1.5 million) — double the expected price and a record for Tretchikoff or any South African artist, according to Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams. (AP Photo/Bonham's-Giles Peppiatti-HO)