‘Looted’ bronze vessel goes for auction
A rare Chinese bronze water vessel thought to have been taken during the looting of Beijing’s Summer Palace in 1860 has been discovered in Kent, southeast England. The relic will go on sale at The Canterbury Auction Galleries on April 11 at an estimated price of £120,000 to £200,000 ($170,000 to $285,000; 137,000 euros to 231,000 euros). According to The Canterbury Auction Galleries, only six similar vessels, known as ying, are said to exist, and five of them are in museums. China’s State Administration of Cultural Heritage said in a statement that it is looking into the auction, adding that it opposes the sale and purchase of stolen cultural relics.