National Treasure: Ming Dynasty Gilt-bronze Buddha Statue
07-24-2018    United Press International
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>United Press International, October 8, 2006</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>China's official Xinhua News Agency reported the purchase of the 15th century Yongle Shakyamuni at Sotheby's Hong Kong Autumn Sales 2006 on Saturday set a record for the auction sale of Chinese works of art with its nearly $15 million top bid.</SPAN></P>

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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt"><SPAN lang=EN-US>The opulent bronze is one of only two Yongle statues of the famed Buddha Shakyamuni that have survived along with their accompanying, but separately made, thrones.</SPAN></P>
Editor: Wang Xinyu
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