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Ai Weiwei zodiac sculptures up for auction in London

February 9, 2015

LONDON (AP) — A group of golden animal heads by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei representing the signs of the zodiac is up for sale in London.

“Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” is predicted to fetch between 2 million and 3 million pounds (from $3 million to $4.6 million) at the Phillips auction house on Thursday.

The gold-plated heads were inspired by a set of 12 on a fountain at Beijing’s Old Summer Palace, which was destroyed by French and British troops in 1860.

Only seven of the fountain’s heads survive, and Ai has said his goal was to make the set complete again. His version of the heads went on display Monday.

A larger version of Ai’s zodiac sculpture is touring the world. Chinese authorities will not let the dissident artist leave the country.

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