1900: The Auction of loot in Peking during the Boxer Rebellion

Commented by: Christine Howald

During the looting of Beijing in 1900, the British prize auctions took place on the spot – similar to those forty years earlier after the sacking of the Imperial Summer Palace. They were organized by General Gaselee and held in the grounds of the British legation. By the end of August 1900, the auctions had become a daily routine (except Sunday) and were attended by expats from all nations and even Chinese dealers.

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