Vietnamese emperor's painting to be auctioned

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Déclin du jour (Sunset), a painting by Vietnam's Emperor Ham Nghi (1872-1943), will go on auction in Paris on Nov. 24, 2010.

According to BBC News, before going on auction at the starting price of US$1,600, the oil painting will be exhibited at No 5 Avenue d'Eylau in Paris and at the Drouot Hotel. This is the second time the emperor's work has been displayed in public since his debut exhibition in Paris, 84 years ago.

Emperor Ham Nghi painted the piece (35x46cm) in 1915 while he was living in the Gia Long Villa in the capital of Alger, in Algeria.

Ham Nghi was the eighth Emperor in Vietnam's Nguyen Dynasty. He ruled for only one year (1884-85). Together with Emperors Thanh Thai and Duy Tan, Ham Nghi conducted several activities to fight against the French colonists. In 1885, he led Can Vuong uprising against French rule.

Ham Nghi was arrested by the French and exiled to Algeria in 1888. He died in 1943 and was buried in Aquitaine, France in 1965.

Most cities in Vietnam feature major streets bearing his name.

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