By INDYKIDS STAFF

The buyer of two Chinese bronze statues has said he will refuse to pay the $35.9 million price tag and that the statues should be returned to China.

Christie’s auction house, one of the largest art businesses in the world, ignored protests from the Chinese government and sold two bronze animal statues in February. China says the statues were stolen from the summer Imperial Palace, near Beijing, almost 150 years ago. The Palace was looted by the British and French during the second Opium War in 1860.