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Albania: clavichord stolen from Parma returned to Italy

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(ANSA) – TIRANA, JUL 26 – A travel clavichord by an anonymous author dating back to the 18th century was returned to the Italian authorities today, part of the “Laura Alvini” collection, sold on loan for use to the Arrigo Boito Conservatory of Parma. stolen on New Year’s Eve in 2015 and recovered in Albania.

In 2018, the instrument ended up in the hands of an Albanian musical instrument dealer in a location near Tirana; recognizing its value, he had managed to buy it from two young people in exchange for two loudspeakers.

After some research, the trader discovered that it was an object of the Italian cultural heritage and contacted the Italian judicial authorities directly. The collaboration between the competent Italian and Albanian institutions was then started.

The investigations, also conducted thanks to the comparison of the photographic images of the property with those inserted in the “Data bank of illegally stolen cultural assets”, confirmed that the ancient artifact was none other than the clavichord stolen from the Parma Conservatory.

The instrument, then delivered to the Albanian judicial authorities, was kept at the Albanian Ministry of Justice, where today the handover ceremony to the Commander of the Carabinieri for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (TPC), Brigadier General Roberto Riccardi, took place, in presence also of the ambassador of Italy in Tirana Fabrizio Bucci. (HANDLE).

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Source: Ansa

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