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Columbus Ship Bell Auction Closed Down

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The other day, the Police had brought an abrupt halt to an auction held in Madrid for the sale of the bell of Christopher Columbus' ship. It was alleged that that bell had been rung when America had been discovered.

The momentous relic was just about to be put up for bidding at a hotel with the opening price of a whopping $1 million (£620,000) in front of prospective purchasers and anxious spectators, when the Spanish police had come there and prevented the bell from being sold.

They had then taken the worn out bell into their guardianship, acting upon an appeal from Portugal.

A week back, Roberto Mazzara, an Italian diver, had found the bell resting on the ocean floor, a hundred meters away from the coast of Portugal at Figuera da Foz.

With this discovery, he thought he'd become a millionaire. However, the Lisbon authorities had affirmed that the discovery is a state asset. Hence, Mazzara had then become obliged to face an extended court war with the authorities of Portugal.

David de Val, one of the authorities of the Subastas y Activos auction house had to announce in front of the entire horde that had gathered with an intention to witness an extraordinary moment. The Spanish police showed up there with possession of a court writ stating that the authorities of Portugal had filed a case in the Spanish court in December, in which it was claimed that the bell had been stolen.

David said on the previous night that the government of Portugal had learnt of the discovery of the bell back in 1997 and that the appropriate examinations had been done on the artifact in order to prove that it was indeed a genuine piece.

However, Val said that the claim that had been made by the government of Portugal for the possession of the bell did prove that it truly had been the bell from the Santa Maria.

Val had then been given three days to convince the Spanish court to let the artifact remain in the possession of his client.

By FW Editor

Tags: 1452, genoa, atlantic

Category: Celebrities  - ( Celebrities Archive)

Date Added: 06 April '10

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