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VMs: DEE'S CRYSTAL BALL STOLEN
Furhter with ajb's post on the matter:
Fri 10 Dec 2004
Daylight Raid on Science Museum Gallery
By David Stringer, PA
A rare 16th Century clairvoyance crystal and valuable documents were
snatched in a daylight raid on a gallery at the Science Museum, it
The irreplaceable artefacts were taken at around 4.30pm yesterday,
thieves smashed a glass cabinet in an exhibition space on the fifth
floor of the building in in South Kensington, London.
Museum staff have launched an internal inquiry, but do not yet know
the raiders were specifically targeting the items, estimated to be
worth around Â£50,000.
The crystal, used as a tool by mediums and for curing disease,
to maverick philosopher, mathematician and astrologer John Dee, a
consultant to Elizabeth I.
He lived between 1527 and the turn of the 17th Century, becoming a
leading authority on
â??angel-magicâ?? and beliefs that man had the
potential for divine power.
Also taken was a statement about the crystalâ??s use by author and
pharmacist Nicholas Culpeper, written on the reverse of ancient deed
manuscripts in the mid-1600s.
A Science Museum spokeswoman said: â??At approximately 4.30pm on
Thursday, thieves broke into a cabinet at the Science Museum and
two items from the museumâ??s collection belonging to the Wellcome
â??The artefacts were transferred to the museum by as part of the
permanent loan of the Wellcome Medical Collection in 1976.
â??The items are unique and as such difficult to value but they
worth as much as Â£50,000.â??
It is thought there were two raiders, who waited until the gallery
empty before snatching the items.
â??A member of staff was alerted by the sound of breaking glass and
informed our security workers, who re!
the incident to the
Staff are reviewing security procedures and CCTV footage as part of
internal inquiry into the incident.
CID officers from Scotland Yard have also visited the scene and
Jon Tucker, head of Science Museum, said: â??This is a very
loss to the museum as these objects are of great historical
significance and irreplaceable.â??
â??It is incredibly difficult striking the right balance between
providing good public access to our unique collections for our
of visitors, whilst providing enough protection against a tiny number
of determined criminals.â??
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