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September 17, 2019

Romanian Gov’t wants to buy a Dacian helmet and Brancusi works from Detroit

The Romanian Government is seeking to repurchase from an institute of art belonging to the American City of Detroit, went into bankruptcy, a silver Dacian helmet as well as a sculpture and several drawings by Constantin Brancusi, according to Government sources quoted by Mediafax. According to them, the issue was discussed in the meeting of Wednesday, at the initiative of Culture Minister Daniel Barbu. In July, Detroit became the largest American city that was declared bankrupt so local authorities in Detroit are considering selling more assets from the City Hall heritage, including archeological objects and works of art belonging to the Institute of Fine Arts. The helmet, weighing 811 grams, is 24 centimeters tall and is richly adorned and gilded. According to the same sources, Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta has asked the Romanian consul in Chicago to find out the prices for these objects, following which the Culture Ministry would send over a history specialist to negotiate buying the goods.

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