Tiananmen Square watch withdrawn from sale by auction house

Watch given to Chinese troops who took part in 1989 crackdown pulled by Fellows after vendor received online threats

A luxury UK auction house has withdrawn from sale a rare watch given to Chinese soldiers as a reward for their part in the Tiananmen Square massacre, after it said the vendor had received online threats.

The sale of the watch, depicting a green-helmeted soldier and the text “89.6 to commemorate the quelling of the rebellion” in Chinese characters, sparked questions over the ethics of profiting from an item associated with an atrocity.

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