A wacky piece of history

No last-minute reprieve for Forbidden Garden warriors: All the soldiers will be sold this weekend

No last-minute reprieve for Forbidden Garden warriors: All the soldiers will be sold this weekend

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All the Forbidden Garden soldiers will be sold this weekend. Photo by Tarra Gaines
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The quirky museum has been torn down to make room for the Grand Parkway. Photo by Tarra Gaines
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Almost all the artifacts must go. Photo by Tarra Gaines
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When it was revealed that expansion plans for State Highway 99 to connect highway 10 and 290 would run straight over Houston's Forbidden Gardens — a mysterious Katy attraction self-described as a Chinese history and cultural museum, complete with a miniaturized model of China's Forbidden City — many wondered what would happen to its tiny terracotta army.

The funky 60-acre tourist attraction is slated to close Monday after more than 14 years in operation, and although the owner, Hong Kong businessman Ira Poon, had hoped to sell the collection intact to a museum, there is now a sale scheduled to liquidate the some 6,000 terracotta soldiers.

We're not sure what you'd do with just one, but from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday you can take home a little (figuratively speaking) piece of history.

Full-size terracotta statues are $250 each; one-third scale terracotta warriors are $100 each, and one-third scale fiberglass warriors are $20. The sales will be made in cash only.

 

Watch KTRK Ch. 13's report on Forbidden Gardens:

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