17 June, 2005
A bronze Kouros belonging to the Museum of Samos in Vathi was returned to the Culture Ministry on Thursday.
The sculpture had been bought by James Ed, a British antique dealer and president of the international antique dealers' association, who was later informed by a friend that the sculpture belonged to the Museum of Samos.
The dealer contacted the Greek embassy in London and after verifying the information turned it over to the embassy.
The sculpture, which measures 11 cm high and is valued today at 30,000 British pounds, had been stolen from the museum during World War II.
The Cultural Attache of the Greek embassy in London, Victoria Solomonidou gave the sculpture to Alternate Culture Minister Fani Palli-Petralia during a ceremony on Thursday.
Source: Athens News Agency