Record tied at RodeoHouston school art auction

Michelle Jong, 18, a senior at Spring Branch Memorial High School created this work of art that fetched a whopping $210,000.

March 16, 2014 4:41:39 PM PDT
A world record was tied at the school art auction at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Sunday.

Michelle Jong, 18, a senior at Spring Branch Memorial High School created grand champion work of art, "Reminiscence of Youth," which sold for a whopping $210,000. Jong's portrait showed a mother and daughter in the old west.

"The mother facial expressions are of her remembering when she was her daughter's age," said Jong.

The painting was purchased for $210,000 by Mimi and Tom Dompier, Mary and Ken Hucherson, Kristina and Paul Somerville, and Jennifer and Joe Van Matre. This price ties with 2013 for the world record.

As for the artist, it cements her future plans.

"After today, of course I'm planning on studying art," Jong said.

The reserve grand champion was a high school freshman from Katy ISD. The work, "Wanna Ride," by Lucy Chan, 14, showing a young cowboy sold for $192,000.

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