You would be hard pressed to find a vintage collector who doesn't love or own something from Vladimir Tretchikoff's body of work. I myself have the two mid century prints seen below and I'm always on the lookout for the Hindu Dancer or the Balinese Girl in mint condition and in their original frames... but if I had a spare 500,000 pounds I'd definitely raise my paddle at Bonhams on the 20th of March when Tretchikoff's original painting of the Chinese Girl is offered for sale for the first time in 60 years!.
According to the BBC this brilliant work, painted in 1952, features a young Moniker Sing-Lee who was spotted by the artist while working in her Uncle's Cape Town Laundrette... wonder if they had any idea of the significance and popularity that would follow???.
Barsony & Tretchikoff - love it!