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Sun relics go missing in HK mystery

RELICS related to China's famed revolutionary leader Sun Yat-sen have been lost, Hong Kong officials said yesterday.

The missing 21 articles of memorabilia were part of a 2001 donation to the Hong Kong government consisting of about 3,000 items linked to Sun, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department said in a statement.

The department said it appeared the curator who received the items when they were donated was responsible.

A department spokeswoman could not say what the missing relics included or when exactly they were lost, but it was years ago.

Sun, who was born in 1866, led the revolution that ended the imperial rule and set up the Republic of China. Sun spent his teenage years in Honolulu, Hawaii of United States.

The Hong Kong department did not identify who donated the relics, but South China Morning Post reported yesterday they were offered by Sun's family in the United States in 2001.


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