Records show museum sold antiques for profit

08 Aug 2011 7:50 AM | Anonymous

Records show museum sold antiques for profit
Updated: 2011-08-08 07:12By Zheng Jinran (China Daily)
Despite denials, heritage caretaker did buy and sell valuable letters

BEIJING - The city's cultural heritage authority on Saturday said that the Palace Museum was not the buyer of five letters written in the Song Dynasty (960-1279) in a 1997 auction, nor the seller of the antiques in a 2005 auction despite online posts and media reports suggesting the contrary.

The official with the Beijing Municipal Administration of Cultural Heritage said the administration had examined and approved all the lots in both auctions.

The spokesman of the Palace Museum, Feng Nai'en, even told China Daily reporters on Friday: "The Palace Museum never bought the five Song Dynasty letters in 1997."

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