The buyers of looted relics at auctions in Hong Kong this week have offered them for display in the SAR. Secretary for Home Affairs David Lan Hong-tsung said he had been contacted by a representative of the China Poly Group yesterday who asked for a venue to exhibit the purchases. Mr Lan said officials would seek details from the company and then see if a venue was available. China Poly Group paid a total of $31.4 million for a monkey's head, an ox's head and a tiger's head looted from Beijing's Old Summer Palace in 1860. The auctions took place at Christie's on Sunday and Sotheby's on Tuesday, despite demands from Beijing for the sales to be called off. The fourth relic, a hexagonal vase from the Qianlong period, was bought by Beijing Cultural Relics Co for $20.9 million. Last night, some local deputies to Beijing's Political Consultative Conference joined calls for laws to prohibit the sale of national cultural relics in the SAR. However, Mr Lan cautioned against hasty legislation and declined to comment on a plan by legislator Choy So-yuk to move a private member's bill on the issue. He said the Government was aware of the feelings of Hong Kong people and feedback from the central Government, but Hong Kong was an international financial and trading centre, practising the 'one country, two systems' policy. Beijing had not yet sought to apply to the SAR two international conventions covering the protection of relics. Mainland Basic Law Committee member Wu Jianfan said Beijing would not do so without SAR approval. Article 153 of the Basic Law says any application to the SAR of international agreements signed by the central Government 'shall be decided by the central people's Government, in accordance with the circumstances and the needs of the [SAR], and after seeking the views of the government of the region'. Professor Wu said: 'The consultation is a genuine one. The central Government will consult the Hong Kong Government. Their views are very important.' He declined to speculate on whether Beijing would try to apply the two conventions to the SAR. The two are a 1970 Unesco convention on the ownership of cultural property and a 1995 Unidroit convention on stolen or illegally exported cultural objects. Unidroit is an international institution for the unification of private law. Both allow signatory countries to claim back looted cultural properties from another signatory state. The Unidroit convention forces buyers of looted properties to restore the objects to the state of origin while reserving for buyers the right to compensation.