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17 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Oscar Wilde’s stolen ring found

AFP, Amsterdam
Oscar Wilde’s stolen ring found
Arthur Brand poses with an 18-carat golden ring. AFP photo

A golden ring once given as a present by the famed Irish writer Oscar Wilde has been recovered by a Dutch “art detective” nearly 20 years after it was stolen from Britain’s Oxford University. The friendship ring, a joint gift from Wilde to a fellow student in 1876, was taken during a burglary in 2002 at Magdalen College, where the legendary dandy studied. At the time it was valued at £35,000 (40,650 euros, $45,000).

The trinket’s whereabouts remained a mystery for years and there were fears that the ring—shaped like a belt and buckle and made from 18-carat gold—had even been melted down. But Arthur Brand, a Dutchman dubbed the “Indiana Jones of the Art World” for recovering a series of high-profile stolen artworks, used his underworld connections to finally find it.

Mark Blandford-Baker, home bursar of Magdalen College, said they were “very pleased to have back a stolen item that forms part of a collection relating to one of our more famous alumni.” “We had given up hope of seeing it again,” he told AFP. The ring will be handed back “at a small ceremony” on December 4, said Blandford-Baker, adding “we are extremely grateful to Arthur Brand for finding it and returning it to us.”

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