Getty museum must return 2,000-year-old statue, Italian court rules

Institution vows to defend ‘legal right’ to Victorious Youth statue discovered off Pesaro in 1964

L'atleta_di_Fano Getty Bronze
L'atleta_di_Fano at Getty Museum, Los Angeles Image: Wtin (wikimedia)

Italy’s supreme court has ruled that the Getty museum in Los Angeles must return a 2,000-year-old bronze statue it bought for almost $4m (£3.1m) in 1977. The museum has vowed to defend its “legal right” to the ancient Greek statue.

The bronze statue was discovered by fishermen off Pesaro, on Italy’s Adriatic coast, in 1964, sold several times, and eventually bought by the American museum over 40 years ago.

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