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Case Summary

The “Getty Bronze” Case (Italy)

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.

Précis
After a decade-long ownership battle between the Government of Italy and the J. Paul Getty Museum in California, fought in both the courts and the press, the parties reached an agreement in 2007, whereby the Getty agreed to return 40 disputed antiquities to Italy. But this Italian court case involves a work the Getty refused to return: a life-sized bronze statue of a man, known as the “Getty Bronze.” Ownership of the statue has previously been ruled upon in two different Italian court cases; this, still-pending, case is the third to tackle the issue.






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