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A famous painting originally owned by a missing Chinese businesswoman has been sold in Beijing by a state-owned auction house for Rmb38m ($6m), raising questions about whether her assets were being forcibly liquidated. Duan Weihong, an entrepreneur also known as Whitney who was close to the family of former premier Wen Jiabao, originally paid $5m for “Prayer”, a 2012 oil painting by Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi, according to a book recently published by her ex-husband.

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