‘Looted’ bronze ves­sel goes for auc­tion

China Daily European Weekly - - NEWS DIGEST -

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.

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