By  on April 27, 2013

PARIS — In a gesture sure to be burnish the image of its luxury brands in a crucial market, France's Pinault family, which controls Kering, has donated to China two rare animal sculptures from the Qing dynasty.

Once owned by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, the rat and rabbit bronze fountainheads were shrouded in controversy when Bergé put them on the block in 2009 as part of blockbuster auction that fetched 373.5 million euros, or $484.6 million at then exchange rates.

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