Bloomberg.com: Arts and Culture: “China said it will tighten control on Christie’s International’s activities in the nation, hours after the company auctioned a pair of Qing Dynasty bronzes in Paris, ignoring China’s calls to return the allegedly looted items.
In a statement today, the State Administration of Cultural Heritage, or SACH, ordered officials to scrutinize artifacts the London-based auction house imports and exports from China. The company would need to detail the ownership and provenance of items. Antiques missing papers won’t be allowed to enter or leave.
Christie’s, in an e-mailed statement, denied wrongdoing.”