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Case Summary

The “Getty Bronze” Case

Trib. d’Pesaro, ordinanza del 10 febbraio 2010, n. 2042/07 R.G.N.R.; Cass., sentenza del 18 gennaio 2011, n.6558/11.; Trib. d’Pesaro, ordinanza del 3 maggio 2012, n. 2042/07 R.G.N.R; Cass., ordinanza n. 172 del 10 giugno 2014, R.G.N. 24356/14 (GU n. 44 del 22.10.2014); Corte Cost., sentenza n. 109 del 15 giugno 2015; Trib. d’Pesaro, ordinanza del 8 giugno 2018, n. 0035/16.

This pending Italian court case involves a decades-long ownership dispute over a life-sized bronze statue of an athlete in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, known as the “Getty Bronze.” After overturning several lower court rulings ordering the Getty to return the statue, in December 2018, Italy’s highest court upheld the most recent decision. The Getty has vowed to fight the order.  

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