Disputed Chinese relics fetch $31m each
Fri, Feb 27, 2009
The Straits Times

By Susan Sachs

PARIS: Despite objections from China, Christie's has sold two bronze fountainheads stolen in the 19th century from Beijing's Summer Palace.

The pieces were snapped up for ?15.7 million (S$30.7 million) each late on Wednesday by buyers whose names are being kept secret by the auction house.

The sale came on the third and final night of the auction of more than 700 pieces of art and furnishings collected by the late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his long-time companion Pierre Berge.

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