The vase was worth a million bones, and the artist who allegedly smashed it had no beef with the Chinese government but the museum's curators....

A Florida artist is facing criminal charges after deliberately dropping a vase by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in an apparent protest.

Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after breaking the $1m (£600,000) vase on Sunday in Miami.

Police say Mr Caminero told them he broke the art work in protest at the Perez Art Museum Miami's failure to exhibit work by local artists.

Ai Weiwei was detained in 2011 by China during a crackdown on dissent.

Maximo Caminero certainly has new friends in China.