torsdag 8. oktober 2020

Stolen Mao Zedong scroll worth millions found cut in half

A stolen Chinese calligraphy scroll worth millions has been found in Hong Kong, after it was cut in half. Thieves had stolen the scroll by Chinese communist leader Mao Zedong from an art collector's home in a burglary last month. They then sold it at a fraction of its value. It was apparently cut up as the 2.8m-long (9ft) scroll was deemed too long to display, said Hong Kong police.

The original owner says the artwork's value has been "definitely affected". The scroll, which contains stanzas of poetry handwritten by the founder of the People's Republic of China, is estimated to be worth around $300m (£230m) by its owner.