artnet News | Eileen Kinsella:
In what is likely one of the first cases of its kind, the US government—acting on behalf of the US Coast Guard (USCG)—is suing a maritime museum and its owner for the return of two rare and valuable lighthouse lenses that it estimates are worth $600,000 together.
Attorneys acting on behalf of the Justice Department filed a claim on September 6 against Steven J. Gronow and the Maritime Exchange Museum, seeking declaratory judgment that the the US is the rightful owner of two “Fresnel” lens. The lenses are from the Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse in Portland, Maine and from the Belle Isle Lighthouse on the Detroit River in Michigan… Read more
Image: A historic lighthouse on the island of Tevennec in northwestern France, Courtesy of FRED TANNEAU/AFP/Getty Images