A 16th-century brass-and-silver doohickey that had been missing for a decade turned up in the hands of an Italian collector, who stepped forward to return it. The whatchamacallit is to be returned to the museum in a ceremony Wednesday.
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A rare 16th-century scientific instrument used by early astronomers that has been missing from a Swedish museum for around a decade has been recovered and will be returned this week, the London-based Art Loss Register says.
The brass-and-silver astrolabe, made in 1590 and worth around half a million euros ($750,000), turned up when an Italian collector discovered that the piece was listed as missing and came forward to return it, Register Director Chris Marinello said.
The collector, whose name was not made public, had not been seeking any reward and was "beyond reproach" in the case, Marinello said.
Bengt Kylsberg of Skokloster Castle, north of Stockholm, said Tuesday he is "just happy to get the piece back" and his museum is not planning to press any charges.