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Dragon head looted from Yuan Ming Yuan in Taiwan: arts collector

Dragon head looted from Yuan Ming Yuan in Taiwan: arts collector

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - The missing sculpture of a dragon head looted from Beijing’s Yuan Ming Yuan is in the hands of a Taiwanese art lover, a collector told the media Thursday.
The statement by art collector Wang Tu follows the refusal by a Chinese businessman to pay for two similar sculptures he won at a Christie’s auction in Paris last month. The pieces belonged to late fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.
The set of 12 sculptures from a fountain were taken by British and French troops attacking Beijing in 1860 during the Second Opium War. Chinese businessmen have bought five of the heads and returned them to the country, while another five are still missing.
The dragon head was still well preserved in 1988 and was probably worth NT$4 million at the time, Wang told cable stations, but the Taiwanese collector had given up his plans to bring the piece to auction after the recent uproar.
The whereabouts of the dragon head is expected to incite major interest because the mythical animal symbolizes China.


Updated : 2021-02-28 06:03 GMT+08:00