Friday, 12 February 2010

Victorious Youth

An Italian judge has ordered the Getty Museum in Los Angeles to return this ancient Greek bronze Statue of Victorious Youth to Italy. It is more than 2,000 years old, found in the sea by Italian fisherman in 1964 and allegedly smuggled out of Italy in the 1970's. The Getty Museum bought it in 1977 for £2.5m (almost $4m). Italian prosecutors claim the museum failed to check the provenance of the statue before buying it. The museum challenges this assertion and calls the judgement "flawed". This looks like one of those international slanging matches destined to last for years.


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