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Top 10: Art Relic Animosities

They were stolen, looted or acrimoniously acquired – should they now be returned?
Priam’s Treasure dates back to the early Bronze Age
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PRIAM’S TREASURE

Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

Oddly, this trove of golden jewellery and weaponry did not originate in either of the two places that have laid claim to it. The treasure was discovered in 1873, in a site rumoured to be the remnants of the great city of Troy – so its discoverer, Heinrich Schliemann, named the find after Troy’s king, Priam. He took his haul back to Germany but, in World War II, the Soviets looted the lot. Russia contends that it should keep the treasure, despite a treaty that promises to return stolen artefacts, as compensation for the destruction of Soviet cities by Germany in the war.

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In this month’s issue… Who killed JFK? We know Lee Harvey Oswald pulled a trigger, but was he a lone gunman or part of a larger conspiracy? Plus: Elizabeth’s I love rival; the Irish Potato Famine; Picasso’s most prolific year; the medieval knight who’s travels made him more famous than Marco Polo; the Top 10 art controversies and the legend of the Bermuda Triangle.