The sperm whale tooth stolen from the Guérande museum.

A precious sperm whale tooth stolen from the Guérande museum

The museum of Guérande (Loire-Atlantique) appealed this Wednesday to the vigilance of the inhabitants of the city after the theft of a collector’s item on September 15th.

A 17.5 cm sperm whale tooth in ivory, acquired by the Guérande museum in 1965, was stolen on September 15th. This Wednesday, the museum “appeals to the vigilance and contribution of the inhabitants in the search for one of its collectibles”, he said. advertised on the city’s website.

Open investigation

The object, kept under a bell in the Porte Saint-Michel and on which is engraved the god Neptune on a chariot pulled by two horses, has an inalienable and imprescriptible status. It cannot therefore be sold without a period of time.

“The greatest vigilance is required on sales from individuals to individuals (garage sale, online sales platform such as Ebay, leboncoin…)”, recalled the museum.

The sperm whale tooth stolen from the Guérande museum.
The sperm whale tooth stolen from the Guérande museum. © Guérande Museum

He also added that an investigation had been opened by the gendarmerie and that the Central Office for the Fight against Trafficking in Cultural Property (OCBC) had been informed of the theft to “make it impossible to sell this object to professionals or to auction”.

Any perpetrator of theft or damage to classified heritage objects is liable to 7 to 10 years in prison and a fine of 100,000 to 150,000 euros.

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