Smugglers of NK paintings busted

by Philip Gowman on 18 August, 2011

in Asides, General arts news, North Korean art

A landscape painting by the late North Korean artist Sonu Yong

A landscape painting by the late North Korean artist Sonu Yong. (Note that there is no suggestion that any of Sonu's paintings were smuggled)

Do the math: on average one contraband North Korean landscape painting buys Kim Jong-il one bottle of brandy. (The article says the dealers’ “profits” amounted to around $24 per picture – assuming the margin is 50%, the amount the North Koreans get per painting is $24 per painting.) http://t.co/qmtXNfP #

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