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China-YSL relics row

Authorities deny thwarting relics auction

Chinese cultural relics authorities have denied involvement in the sabotage of the 30-million-euro ($40 million) sale of two bronzes in Paris last week, while reiterating its stance that the items belonged to China. Full story

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French court refuses to stop sale

A Paris court on Monday ruled against stopping the sale of two looted Chinese bronze sculptures which come up for auction at Christie.

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2009-03-06 05:52:43 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, March 6 (Xinhua) -- Head of China's cultural heritage bureau on Friday denied government involvement in the bidding of two looted Chinese relics in Christie's auction in Paris, saying the bidder was acting privately.

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2009-03-03 15:38:22 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING -- The Chinese antique collector who bid at a Christie's auction for two looted bronze animal heads, Tuesday told why he has refused to pay his winning bid.

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2009-02-26 11:59:45 GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- As two pieces of looted Chinese relics were on the stage for auction in the Grand Palace of Paris on Wednesday, a group of Chinese students gathered in front of the palace and handed out leaflets about the history of Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) and the Second Opium War.

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