In this April 5, 2014 photo, Beijing artist Liang Kegang poses with the jar of fresh air collected in Provence, France, in an art gallery in Beijing, China. The jar of air has fetched $860 in a small auction as a piece of conceptual art to protest Beijing's choking pollution. (AP Photo/Didi Tang)

Didi Tang

In this April 5, 2014 photo, Beijing artist Liang Kegang poses with the jar of fresh air collected in Provence, France, in an art gallery in Beijing, China. The jar of air has fetched $860 in a small auction as a piece of conceptual art to protest Beijing's choking pollution. (AP Photo/Didi Tang)

Jar of French mountain air fetches $860

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BEIJING — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city’s choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air.

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