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Longmen Grottoes lost national treasure Buddha head auction in the US
- Sep 19, 2018 -

Sept. 12 was the day of the Sotheby's auction in New York in 2018, but a stone statue of the Buddha's head appeared on the auction floor, causing controversy. The Buddha's head is highly similar to a stolen Buddha's head in the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang, China, in the last century. Some cultural relic lovers believe that the head of the Buddha sold at Sotheby's in New York is a stolen cultural relic in the 1720 Grottoes of the Longmen Grottoes. The auction of the national treasure in a grand way caused a great disturbance in China.

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The stone sculpture, estimated to be worth between $2 million and $3 million, is the highest-priced collection in the auction. Somehow, before the auction, the stone sculpture was placed on the Sotheby's auction website in New York. It did not appear in the auction process and results.

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As you can see from the picture above, the Sotheby's auction of the Buddha's head stone carving in New York is really highly similar to the stolen Buddha's head stone carving in the Longmen Grottoes, and Sotheby's earlier comparison of the Buddha's head stone carving in the catalogue shows that the statue has a slightly raised lip, a distinct early Tang style, and also said that the statue tool. Where the body is is not known at present. Sotheby's stepping down this time because it was recognized as the missing Buddhist head statue of Longmen Grottoes in the last century, was found by China and attracted great attention, dare not assume this international responsibility or offend the bottom line of the auction industry.


The person in charge of the Longmen Grottoes expressed his gratitude to the netizens for their concern over the suspected loss of the stolen Buddhist head statue of Grotto 1720 in Longmen Grottoes. According to the current information from all sides, whether it is the fractured surface of the statue, or the outline, including the style, the Buddhist head statue auctioned by Sotheby's really matches the headless of Grotto 1720 in Longmen Grottoes. Buddha statue, but only by photographs or oral, can not really prove, unless there is time to see the actual statue of Buddha head, can make the final conclusion whether the 1720 cave stolen Buddha statue.