China slaps controls on Christie's
Fri, Feb 27, 2009
The Straits Times

By Sim Chi Yin, China Correspondent

BEIJING: China has slapped controls on Christie's, the auction house that sold two Qing dynasty bronze sculptures for a record sum in Paris on Wednesday.

The sale had gone ahead despite Beijing's repeated strongly-worded official protests and a last-ditch legal challenge by a group of 90 Chinese lawyers.

Beijing immediately denounced the sale of the 'illegally possessed' artefacts and the State Administration of Cultural Heritage stepped in to punish Christie's.

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