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(The Tennessean)   Stolen statue likely in pieces, police say. This is a bust, you guys   (tennessean.com) divider line 7
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2013-01-06 09:52:43 AM  
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Some things never change, IOW, this is not a new phenomenon.  It's why we have so few few full sized bronze statues fro antiquity.  The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.
2013-01-06 02:37:44 PM  
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starlost: you are receiving stolen goods even if it was in good faith.


I'm no legal-type person, but in my experience, scrap metal dealers are treated more like pawn shop owners under the law. They're required to get contact info from a seller, but there's no legal action against them if they buy something which is stolen.

/I occasionally sell scrap silver.
//Antiques dealer.
2013-01-06 01:52:17 PM  
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grimlock1972: Seriously? the metal recycler did not nothing anything odd about the pieces of bronze that were brought in to be sold? Either the thieves went to some trouble to disguise what they had once been or the recylcer did not give a fark.


Basically, there are no punishments for buying and melting down stolen metal, only for stealing it in the first place.
2013-01-06 01:50:04 PM  
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Aulus: Some things never change, IOW, this is not a new phenomenon.  It's why we have so few few full sized bronze statues fro antiquity.  The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.


Sometimes they didn't last more than a few years. In the 1520s, Pope Julius II called Michelangelo to Florence (which the Pope had just conquered) to cast a monumental bronze of himself. Michelangelo did this, much as he didn't want to. A couple years later, the Florentine people rebelled against papal rule, melted the statue down, cast it into a cannon they called "la gulia" and used it against the Papal army when they besieged the city.
2013-01-06 01:06:56 PM  
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Aulus: The melted down metal was deemed more valuable than the art itself.  Melt it down, recast it as weapons, tools, coins, ingots.


More like some idiot's meth fix was more valuable than anything else in our world.
2013-01-06 01:03:58 PM  
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Better then the shait going on around here. The thieves have been stealing bronze urns from graveyards and scrapping them. Dumbasses get caught every time.
2013-01-06 10:26:42 AM  
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