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How Stolen Spanish Artifacts Ended Up As Garden Ornaments

A British aristocrat had unknowingly bought stolen religious art which were sold off as "garden ornaments".

In 2004, two chunky limestone reliefs depicting Catholic saints were stolen from a medieval church in Burgos, Spain.
"The thieves wanted to sell [the reliefs] and make a lot of money, but soon found out they stole world heritage that would be extremely difficult to sell," Brand told the French news site AFP (Agence France-Presse). "So, they decided to sell them as garden ornaments."

(Image credit: Wikimedia Commons via Dutch News)


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