Ricevo il 19 settembre 2004 dal mio amico connaisseur d'arte S.E. Hendriksen (dalla Groenlandia!) questa accorata e-mail avente per oggetto: Donatello relief found in Australia, legally exported by the Italian authorities in 1945-46
" Hi A.
I just ran across this relief by Donatello. It's for sale by the australian owner. Value about 1 billion USD and it's a beauty in my opinion.
It's a scandal, this beatiful relief by one of the worlds greatest sculptors Donatello was exported to Australia by a mistake done by Bargello Museum in Florence. It was brought by an Australian antique dealer, legally exported from Italy because the original was believed to be in the USA as testified by Bargello black and white postcards featuring their own plaster version.
THE FORMER OWNER WANTED:
I don't know anything about the former italian owner, who lived on the eastern riverbank of Arno River during WW II.
Did he sell the relief to the australian artdealer ?
What was the price ?
Was it taken in preventive detention by the US or Italian Army ? and 100 other questions, I will like to ask the former owner".
Le stesse domanda vorremmo porre anche noi non solo al proprietario ma anche agli esperti e alle Autorità italiane.