The Sunday edition of The Washington Post ran a front-page story about a pair of nine-foot-tall marble decorative urns that graced the forefront of Arlington National Cemetery. These urns had been in the private hands of DHS Designs, an antique shop in Maryland, since 1997. How the urns wound up there was something of a mystery, but the gist of the story was that the urns were headed for the auction block as DHS Designs was closing and selling its assets.
As one might imagine, the Army, in addition to trying to figure out how the items wound up in Maryland, wants the urns back.
The latest update to this story is that, according to the Post, the urns will be handed back to the military.
So an art artifact, spirited away under mysterious circumstances and displayed prominently in another jurisdiction, is returned within days of the original complaint being lodged.
I bet the Greeks are dying to know the U.S. Army’s secret as they have been lodging complaints for nearly two centuries to regain their Elgin Marbles.