Yesterday the original painting of the Chinese Girl, thought to be the most reproduced print in the world, was sold for £982,050.

The Vladimir Tretchikoff painting reached nearly double its estimated price in a sale at Bonhams auction house. Tretchikoff was a Russian émigré who settled in South Africa and went on to become one of the wealthiest artists in the world. Giles Peppiatt, director of South African art at Bonhams, said: “This was an exceptional price for a work of art which really does merit the word ‘iconic’. And it’s very happy news to hear that it is going home.”

It has been reported that that blue-hued beauty was bought by British diamond jewellery magnate Laurence Graff, who owns the Delaire Gaff estate near Stellenbosch, in South Africa, where the painting will join the rest of his art collection on display.

Prints of the Chinese Girl were available from Woolworths in the 1950s but can now be bought at artrepublic!