'Looted' Chinese antiques pulled from UK auction
BEIJING (AFP) - Two Chinese antiques have been withdrawn from auction in Britain, the auctioneer said, after the proposed sale sparked fury in China amid claims they were looted from Beijing in the 19th century.
Bonhams issued an apology as it confirmed the two jade carvings would not be sold after the owner withdrew them from a planned auction on Thursday to "avoid any possible offence".
The planned sale had sparked a furious reaction from Mr Tan Ping, an official at China's State Administration of Cultural Heritage, who labelled it "against the spirit of international conventions".
"Bonhams is very sorry to read reports in the Chinese press that offence has been caused in China by the proposed sale of two jade carvings," Bonhams said in a statement received by AFP on Monday.