Three bronze heads, of a monkey, a tiger and an ox, are display at a private museum in Beijing in May 2000 after they were bought by a mainland company at an auction in Hong Kong. Considered national treasures from the old Summer Palace, the looted relics sparked an outcry from Chinese media, scholars and politicians when they were put up for sale. Photo: AFP

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Three bronze heads, of a monkey, a tiger and an ox, are display at a private museum in Beijing in May 2000 after they were bought by a mainland company at an auction in Hong Kong. Considered national treasures from the old Summer Palace, the looted relics sparked an outcry from Chinese media, scholars and politicians when they were put up for sale. Photo: AFP
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