The time has come to SMACK DOWN China and their law breaking citizens. There is no better way to deal with scum like this than to take the items they covet and MELT THEM DOWN...imagine taking these two relics and casting them into twin DONKEYS...I'll even DONATE THE DONKEYS, they can be presented to President Hu as a gift the next time Hillary pays him a visit. Save FACE China, SAVE FACE President Hu...hold your citizen to his word, demand that he make good on his word. Trust me, if Christies sells me the Bronzes, the cost to get them back goes up, and if you do not pay, I have no problems MELTING THEM DOWN...this is about more than MONEY NOW! This man is DIRECTLY ASSOCIATED WITH CHINA's LOST RELICS RECOVERY PROGRAM...this was an act deliberately ORCHESTRATED by the Chinese Government...You President Hu are a shamed and dispicable ASS MUNCHER if YOU WELCH ON THIS DEAL.
Top bid on disputed Yves Saint Laurent bronzes was a protest from China
The apparent winning bidder for two prized Chinese sculptures in a Paris auction surfaced Monday, a Chinese collector and auctioneer who said it was his patriotic duty to refuse to pay the $40 million he had pledged.
Cai Mingchao said at a news conference in Beijing that he had made the anonymous successful bids last week for the 18th-century bronzes, the heads of a rat and a rabbit. Cai described himself as a consultant with the Lost Cultural Relics Recovery Program, a nongovernmental group that seeks to bring looted artifacts back to China.
The bronzes were part of the high-profile sale last week of the collection of the late French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and his personal and business partner, Pierre Bergé. The three-day auction, held in Paris, was the most lucrative ever for a private collection, bringing in about $484 million, according to Christie's, the auction house.
"I think any Chinese person would have stood up at that moment," Cai said of his bid, made by telephone through Christie's. "It was just that the opportunity came to me. I was merely fulfilling my responsibilities."