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Castle Recovers Art Treasure Decade After Thief’s Suicide

A Renaissance astronomical device worth at least $400,000 will this week return to the Swedish castle it was stolen from 14 years ago, said Christopher Marinello, a lawyer specialized in recovering lost art.

The astrolabe, used to tell the time and map stars and planets, went missing from Skokloster Castle near Stockholm in 1999, said Marinello, who works with the Art Loss Register in London. Swedish authorities strongly suspect the thief was Anders Burius, a librarian who committed suicide after confessing to a number of thefts in 2004, Marinello said. Nobody has been charged with stealing the astrolabe.