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Copies of historic Palace Museum royal lanterns sold for 10.6 million yuan at charity auction

Xinhua | Updated: 2019-04-03 14:30
A pair of accurate copies of Longevity Lanterns (wanshou deng) at a charity auction held at the Palace Museum in Beijing on April 2, 2019. [Photo/VCG]

A pair of historically accurate Heavenly Lanterns (tian deng) created by the Palace Museum sold for 10.6 million yuan ($1.58 million) at a charity auction Tuesday.

At the same auction, a pair of Longevity Lanterns (wanshou deng) and five pairs of smaller royal lanterns were sold, according to a Palace Museum press release.

The lanterns were accurate copies based on archives from the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and used at the museum's special exhibition for Spring Festival this year.

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