Saturday, 28 February 2009

Christie's Flogs Loot

Bronze Chinese Zodiac Symbols: Rabbit and RatMr Floppity Bunny and Mr Rat have caused an international incident! (NB BBC: the rabbit is on the left.) These two bronze Chinese zodiac symbols, looted from the Old Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860 during the Second Opium War, were flogged by Christie's in its recent Yves Saint Laurent auction in France. The People's Republic of China is deeply miffed and threatens reprisals against Christie's, which doesn't seem to care a fig. I'm with China on this one. Looted property should be returned to its rightful owner (Emperor Qianlong) or to its country of origin.


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