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Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building

The landmark London property is home to the world’s leading insurance market and was owned by German asset management fund Commerz Real

Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building
Employees of Lloyds of London and invited dignitaries observe a two minute silence during Armistice Day at the Lloyds Building on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The annual service is in honour of those who have lost their lives during times of war. The service at Lloyds is observed with the ringing of the Lutine Bell followed by two minutes of silence. (Getty Images)
Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building
A worker walks into the Lloyds of London building in London's financial district on September 28, 2010 in London, England. The British insurance group has reported a 53 percent fall in profits, which has been attributed largely to the impact of major catastrophes such as the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster and the earthquake in Chile. Lloyds' pre-tax profits are down from 1.32bn GBP to 628m GBP for the first six months of 2010. (Getty Images)
Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building
The Lloyds building is pictured in London, on September 21, 2011. The Lloyd's of London insurance market said Wednesday that it dived into first-half losses due to an unprecedented number of major natural catastrophes including the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. The company made a pre-tax loss of £697 million ($1.09 billion, 800 million euros) in the six months to the end of June, Lloyd's said in a results statement, as it was hit by soaring claims. (AFP/Getty Images)
Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building
City workers are reflected in a window near the Lloyds of London building in London's financial district on September 28, 2010 in London, England. The British insurance group has reported a 53 percent fall in profits, which has been attributed largely to the impact of major catastrophes such as the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, and the earthquake in Chile. Lloyds' pre-tax profits are down from 1.32bn GBP to 628m GBP for the first six months of 2010. (Getty Images)
Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building
Employees of Lloyds of London and invited dignitaries observe a two minute silence during Armistice Day at the Lloyds Building on November 11, 2010 in London, England. The annual service is in honour of those who have lost their lives during times of war. The service at Lloyds is observed with the ringing of the Lutine Bell followed by two minutes of silence. (Getty Images)
Chinese firm to buy iconic Lloyd's building
A view of 30 St Mary Axe, also known as 'The Gherkin' (centre) and Lloyd's Building (Lloyd's of London offices) in the foreground, viewed from the top of The Monument, the world's tallest isolated stone column, on February 16, 2009 in the City of London, England. The Monument, built to commemorate the Great Fire of London of 1666, has reopened after a £4.5 million restoration project taking 18 months. (Getty Images)