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Post time 2009-2-25 15:53:59 |Display all floors
American Chinese collectors urge boycott of Christie's

LOS ANGELES, February 24 (Xinhua) -- American Chinese collectors on Tuesday urged the Chinese government to take action against Christine's, and called for a boycott of the auctioneer if it insists on auctioning two historic bronze sculptures looted from a Chinese imperial garden.

The American Chinese Collector's Association and the Eastern Cultural Foundation jointly issued an open letter at a press conference here, in an appeal to all Chinese collectors and antique dealers around the world to stop doing business with Christine's.
Christine's is expected to auction the two sculptures, the heads of a rat and a rabbit, in Paris on Wednesday, after a French court earlier rejected an appeal by a group of Chinese lawyers to stop the sale of the looted relics.

"Christine's is planning to put the sculptures on auction in Paris on February 25. However, the heads were taken from Beijing's Old Summer Palace when it was looted by invading French and British forces in 1860 during the Second Opium War," the two groups stated in the open letter.

"Christine's has no rights to auction the two heads, and only the Chinese government has the unarguable rights to own and inherit these looted relics," the letter said.
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Post time 2009-2-25 16:16:05 |Display all floors
Originally posted by yuan_zcen at 2009-2-25 15:53
American Chinese collectors urge boycott of Christie's

LOS ANGELES, February 24 (Xinhua) -- American Chinese collectors on Tuesday urged the Chinese government to take action against Chri ...

I think it is time to cool down for the Chinese people. Maybe the auction is a trap, using the Chinese people's patriotism to raise the auction price. We make our stand clear, that is enough! :)

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Post time 2009-2-25 16:34:30 |Display all floors
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Post time 2009-2-25 19:20:10 |Display all floors
To boycott is to give up  our right to have a say in the illegal loot being sold . This will allow the other bidders to buy what is ours and then to make more money , say next year , when they put them up for another auction ?

The better two prong attack is to seek international injunction wherever we can and to turn up to protest at Christie's as the bidders gather .  We have right on our side and the world has to be shown that these Frenchies are not going to bully us again .

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Post time 2009-2-25 19:32:50 |Display all floors
Originally posted by yuan_zcen at 2009-2-25 16:53
American Chinese collectors urge boycott of Christie's

LOS ANGELES, February 24 (Xinhua) -- American Chinese collectors on Tuesday urged the Chinese government to take action against Chri ...


What private organizations or individuals do is their own responsibility but I would strongly recommend not to call for any official boycott. Official China has to get used to the fact that such auctions will happen more often.

China is not the only country where invaluable cultural objects were looted. Just think of Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Italy, India, Iraq, Peru, Colombia, Mexico, Guatemala etc. The only way to get stolen objects of art back is to join forces with other nations (see above) and convince them that intl. laws must be changed. If enough pressure is build up chances are that some (small percentage) art objects are returned to their legitimate owners.

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Post time 2009-2-26 14:02:23 |Display all floors
Originally posted by satsu_jin at 2009-2-25 19:32
The only way to get stolen objects of art back is to join forces with other nations (see above) and convince them that intl. laws must be changed.  


Good idea!
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