Auction house Fellows defends sale of Tiananmen Massacre watch, but withdraws it citing online ‘threats’

UK auction house Fellows has defended its decision to sell a watch that was given to troops who took part in the 1989 Tiananmen Massacre in Beijing. However, it removed it from sale on Friday citing threats posted on social media aimed at the item’s owner. The watch face was inscribed with the Chinese phrase “89.6. In Commemoration of Quelling the Rebellion” and featured an image of a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) solider, according to the listing. The website said it was given to troops by the “by the Communist Party Beijing Committee and Beijing Municipal Government.” However, a Fellows spo…

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