China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

China’s state cultural authority criticised a French auction house for selling a historic seal allegedly looted by foreign troops in the 19th century, state media reported on Wednesday.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Qing dynasty seal sold by French auction house Artcurial for €1.1m

A French auction house yesterday sold a historic Chinese seal for €1.1 million (HK$11.2 million) despite threats of legal action alleging it may have been stolen from Beijing's Forbidden City.

The green jade seal, which dates from the Qianlong period (1736-95) and had been expected to fetch €200,000, went for more than five times that amount to an unidentified telephone bidder.

18 Dec 2012 - 4:08am

French auction house urged to drop sale of China imperial seal

An association for the protection of Chinese art on Sunday warned it would pursue legal action if a French auction house goes ahead with the sale of an imperial seal it says was looted.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am