Agents recover stolen 500-year-old copy of Columbus letter

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Federal agents in Delaware have recovered a stolen 500-year-old copy of a letter penned by Christopher Columbus that vanished from an Italian library decades ago. (Photo ICE)

WILMINGTON, DE (AP) — Federal agents in Delaware have recovered a stolen 500-year-old copy of a letter penned by Christopher Columbus that vanished from an Italian library decades ago.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware announced the find on Wednesday.

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It’s the fourth such return in recent years after U.S. investigators, tipped off by a rare books expert, determined that several authentic copies of the Columbus letter had been stolen from libraries across Europe.

Valued at up to $1.3 million, it was found in the hands of a unidentified private collector and ordered to be returned to Italy.