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Valuable cross from Middle Age found in trash

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August 16

Vienna, Austria - A valuable cross dating to the Middle Ages has turned up in a trash bin in Austria.

A woman looking for old crockery in a trash container in the western Austrian town of Zell am See stumbled upon the precious piece in 2004. They say she apparently she had no idea of it's value and just stashed it behind her couch.

Now experts say the cross could be worth as much as C$575,000.

A local museum has custody of it, at least for the moment. And whether the trash-foraging woman, who has not been identified, will get so much as a penny for her find has yet to be determined.

An investigation disclosed that, until the Second World War, the cross had been part of an art collection belonging to Izabella Elzbieta of Czartoryski Dzialinska, Poland.

Before the outbreak of war, Elzbieta tried to hide the piece from the Nazis by concealing it in the cellar of a building in Warsaw. But the Nazis found it in 1941 and later brought it, along with other items from Elzbieta's collection, to a castle in Austria. It is unclear what happened next.

Experts at Vienna's fine arts museum determined that it comes from Limoges, France, and dates to about 1200.

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How do they know she didnt just make it ?

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I hope they give the woman something, if not for her it might have been permenantly gone!

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at least the Czartoryski Dzialinsk family will feel like they won the lotto, it is their property after all.

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How do they know she didnt just make it ?

I would think they got an expert in that period to examine it... there are tests you can do too on the paintwork and metal.

What an amazing find... it never ceases to surprise me where this stuff turns up :yes:

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