- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 26, 2005

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The J. Paul Getty Museum, which recently returned artifacts reportedly looted from Italy, is facing similar accusations from Greece.

Greece has renewed a claim that four items acquired by the museum were stolen and should be returned, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Three items — a gold funerary wreath, an inscribed tombstone and a marble torso dating from 400 B.C. — were purchased by the Getty for $5.2 million in 1993. The fourth, an archaic votive relief, was bought in 1955 by J. Paul Getty himself. The billionaire oilman died in 1976.

The purchase of the funerary wreath was made by Marion True, the Getty’s former chief curator of antiquities who resigned earlier this month.

Getty records show Miss True first saw the wreath in a Zurich bank vault, but decided against acquiring it because she didn’t trust the men with whom she was dealing, the Times said. She made a deal for it six months later, records show.

A spokesman for Greek Consulate in Los Angeles said that a letter to the museum from the Greek Ministry of Culture cited a “lack of evidence” that the disputed items were exported legally.

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